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Bran Nue Dae Reviews

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation
February 1, 2013
Cute and deliciously off-kilter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
The quirkiest musical I've ever seen, and despite its flaws I enjoyed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 29, 2010
It's a Bran Nue Dae for Australian comedy. Enjoyable and satirical; a pleasant surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2010
Bran Nue Dae is so spectacularly cheerful and effervescent it has successfully wrestled my practical criticisms and deemed them irrelevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
September 30, 2010
Out of left field and Down Under comes Rachel Perkins' musical to surprise viewers, as if a stranger burst into a well-orchestrated song in conversation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
September 24, 2010
Comes off as "Moulin Rouge" at half speed, which is more of a compliment than you might imagine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
September 24, 2010
The film is uneven but in a kind of sweet, earnest way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 24, 2010
You have to wonder about the film's almost complete portrayal of Aborigines as dim-witted dunderers, dancing fools, thieves and drunks. Whites fare no better. Does the film explode stereotypes, or reinforce them?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sarah Boslaugh
September 24, 2010
Instead of being a fount of melody, this film is more of a song desert with exactly one memorable song...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 23, 2010
The bright colors and vibrant backgrounds ... go a long way in distracting from shortcomings in the story and style of this offhand hybrid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
September 23, 2010
Reportedly a popular musical in Australia, though it's difficult to imagine why, Bran Nue Dae is a film adaptation that barely qualifies as either a film or a musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
September 23, 2010
Bran Nue Dae is an infectiously joyful Australian Aboriginal musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 23, 2010
It's not everyday you see an 'all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing'Aboriginal musical that also boasts Geoffrey Rush as a scenery-chewing priest with a dodgy German accent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
September 22, 2010
Bran Nue Dae is a kooky, deliriously happy mix of happenstance and broadly-drawn characters who are apt to break into song at any given moment. It's not quite enough for me to recommend, but I'm not unhappy to have seen it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 22, 2010
Soon, whenever someone launches into a song, you roll your eyes and hope the tune is a short one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
September 22, 2010
A difficult sit for anyone unable to tune into the film's dedication to bootleg turns of plot and characterization, with the whole endeavor starting to feel like a dental drill after the first act.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 20, 2010
It's a bit corny and reminiscent of Baz Luhrmann or Julie Taymor's pop fantasies, but we can forgive her.
Frank Wilkins
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 19, 2010
Doesn't hit on all cylinders but features some great original ideas and a bunch of catchy song and dance numbers sure to delight audiences of all ages.
Nora Lee Mandel
September 13, 2010
Delightful musical trip of a teenage Aborigine through 1960's Australian outback with wonderful rocking mix of song genres, let alone hippies, to feel like Hair.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 13, 2010
Geoffrey Rush chews so much scenery that he looks ready to burst.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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