My Brilliant Career Reviews

July 13, 2020
A story of one woman, two suitors, and a passion for the pen.
August 14, 2019
My Brilliant Career is not only a good plot - in the full Victorian sense of that word - but is also a shimmering impressionistic gem to behold.
May 11, 2019
One of the key films of the Australian New Wave of the 1970s, My Brilliant Career represented breakthroughs for both director Gillian Armstrong and star Judy Davis.
April 28, 2018
It's hard to imagine a film filled with more quiet integrity, intelligent passion, realistic drama and genuine entertainment than Gillian Armstrong's My Brilliant Career.
September 9, 2014
This is a modest, clear sighted film, and it profits considerably from a lack of the bravura landscape photography that most directors would have used to puff up a movie set in Australia.
September 9, 2014
Armstrong's subsequent sojourn in Hollywood never yielded a film as engaging and passionately felt as this, her brilliant feature debut.
September 9, 2014
The continent is distant, the backdrop strange but, as American women will deduce, the problems are very familiar.
September 9, 2014
The mise-en-scene is well composed, and the story is well told in this wonderful Australian work.
February 10, 2013
This charming coming of age Australian film marks the debuts of two talented women: Director Gillian Armstrong and actress Judy Davis.
July 25, 2008
This Australian film is a charming look at 19th-century rural days in general and the stirrings of self-realization and feminine liberation in the persona of a headstrong young girl who wants to go her own way.
November 24, 2007
A seminal part of Australian cinema, made at the end of the 70s, when local filmmaking was no longer just a wild dream; in some ways we can see a symbolic metaphor for Australia itself in the story of strong willed Sybylla aspiring to be heard
July 25, 2007
A remarkably assured -- and unfailingly attractive looking -- look at the life of a young woman in 1897 Australia.
May 9, 2005
My Brilliant Career marks the beginning of exactly that for both the film's daring, assured, high-spirited Australian director, Gillian Armstrong, and its rambunctious young star.
June 7, 2004
January 27, 2004
My Brilliant Career is a near perfect film exploring the efforts of an independent-minded farm girl to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer.
May 24, 2003
Slow but rewarding character piece that delivers its message of female emancipation with subtlety and grace.
July 30, 2002