True History of the Kelly Gang Reviews

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May 27, 2020
They make Ned Kelly more punk rock.
May 15, 2020
The truth is not something to be cherished in this fictionalized biopic.
May 13, 2020
The film is violent, absorbing, and a must for any western fan. Beautifully shot by cinematographer Ari Wegner. The cast is first-rate.
May 13, 2020
In trading the American frontier for barren branch graveyards and facts largely for fiction, this stylized folk tale is patched together by the same needles that weave myths.
May 10, 2020
A stylish and visceral film that questions the veracity of the myths and legends that are part of every nation's history. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 9, 2020
How True History of the Kelly Gang broadens what we mean when we say the word "outlaw" is another step forward for Justin Kurzel in his cinematic investigation of what makes a man.
May 8, 2020
Thanks to stylish direction, a fairly intriguing screenplay and phenomenal performances from its ensemble cast, namely MacKay, this is by far the best adaptation of Ned Kelly's story thus far.
May 8, 2020
Those who enjoy gritty, angry Westerns (especially those set in the Australian bush rather than along the American frontier) will find much here to their taste, none of which is in need of additional seasoning.
May 5, 2020
History is also peppered with matter-of-fact anachronism and stagy visual tableaus to fresh but not overwhelming effect.
May 4, 2020
The take on Kelly by [Justin] Kurzel is an alluring, muddled meander punctuated with madness, mayhem and tedious backstory.
May 4, 2020
[George] McKay plays fast and loose with the facts, but he has delivered a deeply unsettling tale drenched in gloom, doom, and Old Testament vengeance.
May 4, 2020
If Ned Kelly's life flashed before his eyes before he died, one would image that the flashes would be visceral and sensuous rather than thoughtful and contemplative. And, in that way, True History of the Kelly Gang feels apt.
May 3, 2020
Whether it's genuinely 'true' becomes anyone's guess, but this oft-told tale of the titular Aussie outlaw fits nicely into the burgeoning resume of '1917' hero George MacKay.
May 1, 2020
A gripping, atmospheric approach to the legend of Australia's most notorious outlaws with its tense pacing and unsettling, relentless score keeping the viewer on edge throughout and an aesthetic that is both grungy and grand, intense yet intimate.
April 30, 2020
While True History of the Kelly Gang defiantly lacks historical accuracy, it's filled to the brim with a fiery punk pathos essential to a film about an outlaw.
April 30, 2020
Maybe one day someone will actually make a film about the real Ned Kelly and not what he can represent for today - but until then, this iteration will do.
April 30, 2020
Despite Kurzel's rather hollow arsenal of filmic pyrotechnics, True History of the Kelly Gang is worth seeing for its star turns, particularly MacKay as the gaunt, epicene, and clean-shaven adult...
April 30, 2020
Kurzel favors stylized images and the occasional anachronistic metal track to provoke a mood more than faithfully recreate history. And his approach works well in this film...
April 30, 2020
Most of the characters are some flavor of despicable, struggling to carve a path through a mountain with their fingernails. As horrible as it may sound to say, it's fun to watch them squirm. It's like watching a squirrel try to cross a highway.
April 30, 2020
In the long line of films that approach Ned Kelly as a folk hero worth saving, True History at last presents an alternative tale that truly puts you in this troubled man's blood-soaked boots.
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