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Bran Nue Dae Reviews

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Patrick Friel
Chicago Reader
September 10, 2010
This Australian musical-comedy seems like a project for which everyone involved had ideas but no one had veto power.
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
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
January 12, 2010
The over-the-top performances would usually be suitable for this style of musical romp but the story, songs and dance numbers are not strong enough to sustain such hammy performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix
September 9, 2010
Bran Nue Dae isn't just hurting in the spelling department -- it's also lacking the feel-good story that musicals rely on to support their ethos in the absurdist environment of spontaneous song and dance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 9, 2010
The two leads are sweet and attractive, their roles don't place great demands, and the movie skips along happily, if a little disorganzed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Aaron Hillis
L.A. Weekly
September 9, 2010
The choreography is sloppy and lifeless; the outmoded blend of vintage rock, country and Broadway styles doesn't click; and the characters are such caricatures that it's no wonder the entire cast is overacting.
Liz Graham
FILMINK (Australia)
January 13, 2010
The film ends on a high note, but you know that this could have, and should have, been a lot better.
Adam Keleman
Slant Magazine
September 13, 2010
Trite, silly, and grating are all apt words to describe the cinematic buffoonery of Rachel Perkin's Bran Nue Dae, a flimsy excuse for a nostalgic musical that shoots for playful satire but ultimately proves staggeringly impotent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
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
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
January 13, 2010
As it is, the film only barely scrapes by as a crowd-pleaser. Unfortunately, a majority of the songs that break up the slender narrative are not that memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
September 10, 2010
You'll either be charmed by the caricature or think it more suitable for Looney Tunes.
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+
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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
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
March 7, 2010
On stage, energetic performances can overcome slight characterisation and shallow plotting but onscreen, the wafer-thin characters and lack of plot thrust are exposed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 10, 2010
The singsongy score is a mostly forgettable potpourri of folk, reggae, country and gospel poorly lip-synced by cast members whose uneven vocal chops underscore the ingenuousness of characters like the virginal Willie.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine
September 10, 2010
While well known to many Down-Under fans, Bran Nue Dae has too much comic kitsch for U.S. specialty film audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 9, 2010
Director Rachel Perkins aims for broad comedy in the familiar Australian style -- in the manner of Muriel's Wedding and Strictly Ballroom -- but she often overshoots, and slapstick overwhelms the movie's satire of the infinite varieties of piety.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 9, 2010
Winds up seeming like a high school musical--not the Disney one, but the sort you're likely to encounter in any small town.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Leonard Maltin
February 9, 2011
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