Australia

Australia

Australia

The audacious visual stylist Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet) has made an epic historical romance about his native country. The film is set in northern Australia prior to World War II and centers on an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) who inherits a massive cattle station. When Aussie cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man (Hugh Jackman) to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor months earlier. The film also deals with the Lost Generation.

2008Rating: M, contains violence & offensive language 165 minsUSA, Australia
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Variety

Variety

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Deliberately anachronistic in its heightened style of romance, villainy and destiny, the epic lays an Aussie accent on colorful motifs drawn from Hollywood Westerns, war films, love stories and socially conscious dramas. Some of it plays, some doesn't, and it is long.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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A testament to movie love at its most devout, cinematic spectacle at its most extreme, and kitsch as an act of aesthetic communion.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

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A big-hearted melodrama, it takes a series of fascinating risks, some of which come off. But it's no super-movie.

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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Australia shows all the signs of having been a labor of love for director Baz Luhrmann. One problem: It's his love, and the audience's labor.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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If looks were everything, director Baz Luhrmann's epic salute to his native land would be the movie of the year. But, crikey, a padded script bloated with subplots and shameless sentimentality can wear you down.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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It is exuberantly old-fashioned, and I mean that as a compliment.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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If you are willing to take the plunge and view things through Luhrmann's prism, "Australia" does deliver the classic dramatic and romantic satisfactions its ambitious advertising campaign promises.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Defies all but the most cynical not to get carried away by the force of its grandiose imagery and storytelling.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Bravo, Baz Luhrmann. He’s created one of the best-realised films in Australian history. Strewth.

4.0
0

over acted farce of a movie the only highlight was the young aboriginal child who was a pure angel to watch such a talented young thing

1.0
0

Exciting beginning, exciting middle and a blockbuster ending !!! More please! And MORE Hugh Jackman please !

5.0
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I loved this movie so much, the music, the cinematography, the performances are all brilliant. It is a moving epic story that is obviously trying to bring back the movies of "Gone with the Wind" era, and I think it does an even better job of the epic war drama than GWTW did! Nicole Kidman is actually good for the first time since she won the Oscar and her...

5.0
0

My European husband was adamant he didn't want see it after reading some less than complimentary reviews. Don't believe a word of the critics! They are clueless when it comes to thinking in any other way that doesn't sit within the realms of a typical western critique! Give yourself more credit and go enjoy a fabulous story (despite the movies obvious...

0

This is one of the best movies I have ever seen & I have seen a ton! It has something for everyone - drama, suspense,romance,murder,awesome scenes of the outback and tons of excitement. Sure, some of the scenes are a little drawn out - but hey! what a great movie.go and see it for yourself.......

5.0
0

Those expressing disappointment and low ratings are, I believe, over-doing it. Whilst not one of the gra=eat epics, Australia did entertain, did show off a little of that country and did present a little history. Not bad in one movie.

3.0
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I went with my husband and two friends and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very entertaining! The begining was a bit cheesy but not once did we get bored. I would recomend this movie

4.0
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Didnt really want to go to this movie...but friends bought me ticks with them.....So pleased I did....had thought it would be typical dull Australiana....but what thrilled with it.....well done...stunning...a MUST SEE....Dont write this movie off....there is something in it for everyone....Quite thrilling...Loved wee Nalla

5.0
0

This movie is nothing like an epic. It's a camp musical without the music. Perhaps they should have included a Rolf Harris song because that's the only Aussie cliche that's missing. It's a cartoon.

1.0
0

Awesome! This film was greatly cinematogarphed, beautifully acted on the parts on Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. Nullah was a really lovely addition to the story, and the film presented historical information in an amazing, powerful and wholesome way. DEFINITLEY SEE IT!

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Deliberately anachronistic in its heightened style of romance, villainy and destiny, the epic lays an Aussie accent on colorful motifs drawn from Hollywood Westerns, war films, love stories and socially conscious dramas. Some of it plays, some doesn't, and it is long.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A testament to movie love at its most devout, cinematic spectacle at its most extreme, and kitsch as an act of aesthetic communion.

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

A big-hearted melodrama, it takes a series of fascinating risks, some of which come off. But it's no super-movie.

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

Australia shows all the signs of having been a labor of love for director Baz Luhrmann. One problem: It's his love, and the audience's labor.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

If looks were everything, director Baz Luhrmann's epic salute to his native land would be the movie of the year. But, crikey, a padded script bloated with subplots and shameless sentimentality can wear you down.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

It is exuberantly old-fashioned, and I mean that as a compliment.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

If you are willing to take the plunge and view things through Luhrmann's prism, "Australia" does deliver the classic dramatic and romantic satisfactions its ambitious advertising campaign promises.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Defies all but the most cynical not to get carried away by the force of its grandiose imagery and storytelling.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Bravo, Baz Luhrmann. He’s created one of the best-realised films in Australian history. Strewth.

4.0
0

over acted farce of a movie the only highlight was the young aboriginal child who was a pure angel to watch such a talented young thing

1.0
0

Exciting beginning, exciting middle and a blockbuster ending !!! More please! And MORE Hugh Jackman please !

5.0
0

I loved this movie so much, the music, the cinematography, the performances are all brilliant. It is a moving epic story that is obviously trying to bring back the movies of "Gone with the Wind" era, and I think it does an even better job of the epic war drama than GWTW did! Nicole Kidman is actually good for the first time since she won the Oscar and her...

5.0
0

My European husband was adamant he didn't want see it after reading some less than complimentary reviews. Don't believe a word of the critics! They are clueless when it comes to thinking in any other way that doesn't sit within the realms of a typical western critique! Give yourself more credit and go enjoy a fabulous story (despite the movies obvious...

0

This is one of the best movies I have ever seen & I have seen a ton! It has something for everyone - drama, suspense,romance,murder,awesome scenes of the outback and tons of excitement. Sure, some of the scenes are a little drawn out - but hey! what a great movie.go and see it for yourself.......

5.0
0

Those expressing disappointment and low ratings are, I believe, over-doing it. Whilst not one of the gra=eat epics, Australia did entertain, did show off a little of that country and did present a little history. Not bad in one movie.

3.0
0

I went with my husband and two friends and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very entertaining! The begining was a bit cheesy but not once did we get bored. I would recomend this movie

4.0
0

Didnt really want to go to this movie...but friends bought me ticks with them.....So pleased I did....had thought it would be typical dull Australiana....but what thrilled with it.....well done...stunning...a MUST SEE....Dont write this movie off....there is something in it for everyone....Quite thrilling...Loved wee Nalla

5.0
0

This movie is nothing like an epic. It's a camp musical without the music. Perhaps they should have included a Rolf Harris song because that's the only Aussie cliche that's missing. It's a cartoon.

1.0
0

Awesome! This film was greatly cinematogarphed, beautifully acted on the parts on Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. Nullah was a really lovely addition to the story, and the film presented historical information in an amazing, powerful and wholesome way. DEFINITLEY SEE IT!

4.0
0