A romantic epic set in Australia prior to World War II that centers on an English aristocrat who inherits a large ranch.When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle drover to protect her ranch.
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Messy but engrossing epic about race, love, and war.
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Rotten: Jackman has musical-theater chops and knows how to sell material this ham-handed; Kidman isn't quite as deft.
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Rotten: One wonders if there are any tablecloth cliches about Australia that have been missed.
- Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rotten: Australia is so damnably eager to please that it feels like being pinned down by a giant overfriendly dingo and having your face licked for about three hours: theoretically endearing but, honestly, kind of gross.
- Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, Wednesday, November 26, 2008
One very thin story line basically connects multiple stories. If edited to just over 2 hours instead of almost 3 hours... it would have been much better.
- Tomassgringo, Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Most anticipated film of the year is a disappointment, a good film but not a great one. Nicole and Jackman fail to make their romance believable or endering. It may not be a masterpeice but it certainly is a old fashion style sweeping epic on a grand scale, with spectacular scenery, cinematography and art direction.
- smith44, Saturday, June 5, 2010
This two and half hours epic combines several genres and the style of old Hollywood classics to a highly entertaining bunch of kitsch. The film starts out as a romantic comedy, then turns into an adventure movie and lastly into a war drama with plenty of historical aspects, and yet manages to convince in most aspects of those genres. That's mostly thanks to the breathtaking cinematography, which is full of quirky gimmicks, and the great cast. The chemistry between Jackman and Kidman is working out fine, but the big winner of the film is undoubtedly newcomer Brandon Walters as half-aboriginal kid, who easily charms the audience with his talent and amiability. Sure, some of the comedic parts are a bit over the top, but so is pretty much everything else about the film. If you accept that, the long runtime passes by in an instant. There is love, there is war, there is adventure, all on a huge scale and not ashamed to joyfully bathe in the stereotypes of its classic Hollywood predecessors. And I can't begin to appreciate enough that Baz Luhrman chose an ending for this film that breaks with the conventions of the love drama genre. I applaud him for that. Yes, it's kitsch, but at least it's huge kitsch. If you like that, you're in for a treat.
- ironclad1609, Monday, May 3, 2010