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Tomorrow, When the War Began Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2012
...despite the R-rating, this isn't really a movie for grown-ups, Tomorrow When the War Began can't be completely dismissed as a teen movie either. It's a curious thing, with sleek, fluid action set pieces and moments that approach - then bungle - grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Bill Gibron
February 23, 2012
a nice combination of high school angst and blockbuster action
| Original Score: 4/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 23, 2012
Just fast-moving fun, enough so to gloss over its shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 23, 2012
This is a movie that packs in a lot of very cool action while still addressing its themes intelligently. It's one to seek out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dustin Putman
February 23, 2012
Quite a crafty genre mash-up that deserves to find an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Smithey
February 20, 2012
A resistance-combatant-primer disguised as a teen-exploitation flick, "Tomorrow When the War Began" delights in guilty pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 20, 2011
Despite the far-fetched set-up (and the often clunky dialogue and acting), you'll soon be rooting for the plucky teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
The door is tantalisingly left open for a sequel, and if it's as enjoyable as this then it won't be an unwelcome one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
April 11, 2011
American audiences might prefer to see their own country being invaded by Asiatic hordes on the big screen, but Tomorrow, When the War Began is as glossy and slick as any Hollywood production . . .
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
April 8, 2011
Well worth catching due to believable characters, some great action scenes and a looming sense of threat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Matthew Turner
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
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
Simon Miraudo
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.
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