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Tomorrow, When the War Began Reviews

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Cath Clarke
Guardian
April 7, 2011
This has a stand-out, star-making performance from Neighbours' Caitlin Stasey - if only she didn't always emerge from battle looking as if she'd just stepped out of a L'Oréal advert.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
April 7, 2011
[Beattie] knows his way around a thrilling action set piece, but he also draws believable performances from his young and largely unknown cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
April 6, 2011
A bright idea let down by some spectacularly wooden acting, a clunky script and implausible sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 6, 2011
Hugely enjoyable, explosion-packed thriller that plays like an Australian version of Red Dawn and succeeds thanks to an engaging script, a terrific teen cast and pacey direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 6, 2011
The film's ultra-cool and contemporary cross between Pearl Harbor and The Bridge on the River Kwai - minus the massive film budget, but with all the blockbuster effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
April 6, 2011
There's a vein of thoughtfulness running beneath the brazenly explosive action highlights and fist-pumping soundtrack, though the suspense does fall prey to some debilitating credibility issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
April 6, 2011
Tonally it shifts from mild comedy to the shock of seeing an internee getting his head blown off and the conceit is about as convincing as The Sullivans taking on a Panzer Division.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 4, 2011
It's rather big on explosive action and short on real characterisation, but it's gripping and engaging
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eve Barlow
Empire Magazine
April 4, 2011
Serviceable action thriller than unleashes John Milius-style guerilla setpieces without the impact of John Milius-style budgets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
April 3, 2011
The original book was praised for nailing the way teenagers think and speak. Unfortunately, that's not been carried over to the screen version - unless the teenagers you know think and speak like saucer-eyed chumps reading their emotions off an autocue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
March 30, 2011
If teens battling soldiers sounds like your cup of tea, drink deep. If not, stick with Red Dawn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2010
Stuart Beattie's Tomorrow, When The War Began is one of the best action blockbusters to ever emerge from Australia (even if it fails somewhat as a teen drama).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Martain
The Mercury
September 9, 2010
Tomorrow, When the War Began works best when none of the cast is talking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Marc Fennell
Triple J
September 8, 2010
Patchy acting, fantastic action and some great slivers of humour in a movie that only gives off the faintest whiff of a xenophobic nation terrified of being invaded. It's not like the rest of the world didn't already think we were red-necks.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground
September 7, 2010
Although it's bookended by some stilted dialogue and inappropriately upbeat end credits, the film gets the important things right: explosions and emotional resonance.
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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
September 6, 2010
Australia may finally have a homegrown blockbuster on its hands with the terrifically engaging Tomorrow, When the War Began, an action-packed war film for and about teenagers.
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
September 3, 2010
I was delighted to find how much of Marsden's story and dialogue has been preserved in Stuart Beattie's screen adaptation.
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
September 3, 2010
Adapting one of Australia's best-loved novels for young readers was never going to be easy. Stuart Beattie has had a successful career as a writer rather than as a director but, in both areas, the movie falls short.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
September 2, 2010
This has the look of a blockbuster budget and its shoot-outs, car chases and explosions are handled as deftly as any you see in a Hollywood production, which begs the question "why don't [Australian film-makers] do more [action] movies like this?".
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Croot
Flicks.co.nz
September 2, 2010
Keeps the focus firmly on the kids and their point-of-view - no cutaway scenes of evil generals plotting in their native tongue here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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