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Set against the scenic backdrop of pre-World War II Australia, Baz Luhrmann's romantic period adventure stars Nicole Kidman as an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch, and Hugh Jackman as the rough-and-tumble cattle driver who helps protect her property from greedy English cattle barons. As the pair attempt to herd 2,000 head of cattle hundreds of miles across the treacherous Australian outback, they are stunned to bear witness to the bombing of Darwin by Japanese forces -- who just a few months prior launched a devastating attack on Pearl Harbor. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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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
"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
"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
"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
"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,
""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
"It is a huge film - in scale, scope, look and feel, and of course budget. It is also a huge disappointment."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
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