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An English aristocrat inherits an Australian ranch the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle driver 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 only months earlier.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a fine romp, epic in both ambition and visuals if not narrative - and if director Baz Luhrmann had stopped at the end of the love story's trajectory, the audience would have left entirely happy."
‑ Nina Caplan, Time Out
"Sometimes Luhrmann seems to be living in a Dreamtime of his own; his movie is all over the map. But what a gorgeous map it is."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"What a pleasant surprise to discover that the film has earned its sweeping title."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
""Australia" occasionally stumbles into corny sidesteps like Hugh Jackman's "Oh, crikey" catchphrase. But Baz Luhrmann mythologized his homeland as American directors like John Ford did with Westerns - dramatic-license exaggerations that pay off in droves."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Whilst it's not the masterpiece we so desperately wanted it to be, Australia still manages to be a good time at the cinema."
‑ Anders Wotzke, Moviedex
"There's a lot to admire here, but not enough."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Luhrmann is drawn to kitsch as inevitably as a bear to honey."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Throw out the beefcake, the Stilton cheese, and the sub-Dynasty empire-building bushwah."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Australia is an enchanting throwback to an era of filmmaking which strived to entertain its audiences with dazzling spectacle and melodrama."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"It's a bit overloaded, though I love Luhrmann's obvious enthusiasm."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"It's trying so hard to be epic instead of just being epic."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"The massive panoramas of wild Australia suddenly make Luhrmanns wild flourishes look puny."
‑ Sean Means,
"A funny frankenstein that's worth seeing just to point and laugh at."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"Luhrmann just piles quotation mark on top of quotation mark"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Here's a film you probably sneered at as its ads played for its mega-plex roll out. I beg you not to let you keep that from now buying the DVD."
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
More reviews for Australia on Rotten Tomatoes

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