Critics Consensus

A terrific follow-up to The Year My Voice Broke, Flirting is a teen movie worth watching, thanks to emotionally engaging performances and an endearing script.



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Australian filmmaker John Duigan followed up his captivating The Year My Voice Broke with Flirting. Noah Taylor repeats his "Danny" characterization from the earlier film, while Thandie Newton plays a Ugandan exchange student who attends an Australian girls boarding school. Billeted at a nearby boy's school, Danny finds himself falling in love with Newton, though he is frequently at a loss as to how to express himself. Flirting is the second in a proposed trilogy of John Duigan-directed films revolving around Danny's "awkward" years. Featured in the cast as one of Newton's schoolmates is Nicole Kidman.


Noah Taylor
as Danny Embling
Thandie Newton
as Thandiwe Adjewa
Nicole Kidman
as Nicola Radcliffe
Bartholomew Rose
as Gilby Fryer
Kiri Paramore
as Slag Green
Kym Wilson
as Melissa Miles
Jeff Truman
as Morris Cutts
Marshall Napier
as Rupert Elliott
Felix Nobis
as Jock Blair
Gregg Palmer
as Colin Proudfoot
Marc Gray
as Christopher Laidlaw
Kim Wilson
as Melissa Miles
Greg Palmer
as Colin Proudfoot
Joshua Marshall
as 'Cheddar' Fedderson
David Wieland
as 'Possum' Piper
Craig Black
as 'Pup' Pierdon
Leslie Hill
as Greg Gilmore
John Dicks
as Reverend Consti Nicholson
Naomi Watts
as Janet Odgers
Lisa Spinadel
as Barbara Howe
Francesca Raft
as Fiona Spry
Danielle Lyttleton
as Jean Thomas
Jacqui Fifer
as Stacey Burt
Fiona Press
as Mrs. Archer
Maggie Blinco
as Miss Guinevere MacReady
Jane Harders
as Miss Sylvia Anderson
Malcolm Robertson
as Bruce Embling
Judi Farr
as Sheila Embling
Freddie Paris
as Solomon Adjewa
Femi Taylor
as Letitia Adjewa
Gillian Hyde
as Dr. Alison Pierce
Harry Lawrence
as Motel Manager
Kurt Frey
as Jean-Paul Sartre
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Critic Reviews for Flirting

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (6)

  • Not only worthy of its fine predecessor, this tender, perceptive, and gorgeously acted memory piece may even surpass it in subtlety, feeling, and depth of characterization.

    Aug 8, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Miles ahead of the average teen film, Flirting is a most agreeable sequel to John Duigan's earlier pic The Year My Voice Broke.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Mr. Duigan avoids melodrama, which is all to the good. Yet his gift for the acutely observed commonplace detail is neither strong nor original enough to transform the movie into something comparable to so many similar, better films.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • This kind of emotional precision -- that is, this ability to make the subtlest psychological distinctions -- is a rare gift, and Duigan gets full mileage out of it.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • If Duigan maintains the dark yet humanistic humor that has graced both films, we should all be back for more.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Flirting is one of those rare movies with characters I cared about intensely. I didn't simply observe them on the screen, I got involved in their decisions and hoped they made the right ones.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Flirting

  • Apr 30, 2012
    Wow, this was a really great coming-of-age story that has all the elements that you would want from this type of movie. I've seen Noah Taylor here and there (I think I remember him from the Willy Wonka remake with Johnny Depp), but I had no idea that he had this type of talent. A really great, heartwarming movie about love, and growing up. I think I might love this movie a little bit.
    Jared H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2011
    Charming and entertaining, Flirting, have a captivating script, acting and a good direction that make the audience watch Duigan's movie from the beginning to his end. Fresh.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2011
    Funny and touching, this is the most credible story I have seen about girls trapped in boarding school, While it's one of those awful Catholic schools, which is not something in my experience, the personalities depicted in this film come closest to reminding me of my own experiences. After a tremendous build--up of sexual anticipation however, both for the two central characters, and vicariously, for the viewer, the way the second girl loses her cherry in the end is sordid, cheap and anti-anticlimactical. While it might be realistic for some girls, it wasn't believable that she would have chosen to do it this way given all that it meant to her.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2011
    I didn't really get it. I didn't feel the adolescent pains.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer

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