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Bran Nue Dae Reviews

September 24, 2010
The film is uneven but in a kind of sweet, earnest way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
September 23, 2010
Bran Nue Dae is an infectiously joyful Australian Aboriginal musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 22, 2010
Soon, whenever someone launches into a song, you roll your eyes and hope the tune is a short one.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 13, 2010
Geoffrey Rush chews so much scenery that he looks ready to burst.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 10, 2010
This Australian musical-comedy seems like a project for which everyone involved had ideas but no one had veto power.
September 10, 2010
The story sails by, mostly unimpeded, toward its feel-good conclusion and is likely to be forgotten even before the final credits have faded from the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 10, 2010
A cheerful and proudly corny musical that's pretty hard to resist if you're in the right frame of mind.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 10, 2010
When Australian Aborigines appear on the big screen, it's rare to see them as fully fleshed-out contemporary human beings. That's where this lightweight and enjoyable, if frustratingly uneven, comedy-musical makes its biggest contribution.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 10, 2010
A sunny, colorful Australian Aborigine musical sounds like a good idea, but Bran Nue Dae is a very slightly plotted, over-the-top film with hammy acting suitable for an old Benny Hill episode.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 10, 2010
It's almost impossible not to be swept up by the exuberant fun of this singing, dancing, irony-laced ode to the repression, reeducation and resistance of Australia's indigenous tribal peoples circa 1969.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 9, 2010
Though the film seems to be cobbled together from saints-and-sinners tropes that were rusty in Victorian times, its high spirits are infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 9, 2010
The desert colors pop. The songs are catchy. The lip-synching, meanwhile, is always a little off, and the dancing is usually average at best. That homemade quality is part of the movie's charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.
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
September 9, 2010
The movie will make you tap your toes; don't expect much for your head or your heartstrings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5