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Bran Nue Dae is a charming new Australian-based, music-driven road movie/romantic comedy starring Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush that literally bursts onto the screen with unbridled energy and fun. Loosely based on one of Australia's most beloved and popular musicals, Bran Nue Dae is a foot stomping tour-de-force centering on the romantic adventures of a young aboriginal couple set against the spectacularly beautiful Australian landscape.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is uneven but in a kind of sweet, earnest way."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"Bran Nue Dae is an infectiously joyful Australian Aboriginal musical."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Cute and deliciously off-kilter."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"Bran Nue Dae is so spectacularly cheerful and effervescent it has successfully wrestled my practical criticisms and deemed them irrelevant."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Instead of being a fount of melody, this film is more of a song desert with exactly one memorable song..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"You have to wonder about the film's almost complete portrayal of Aborigines as dim-witted dunderers, dancing fools, thieves and drunks. Whites fare no better. Does the film explode stereotypes, or reinforce them?"
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Soon, whenever someone launches into a song, you roll your eyes and hope the tune is a short one."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The quirkiest musical I've ever seen, and despite its flaws I enjoyed it."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Out of left field and Down Under comes Rachel Perkins' musical to surprise viewers, as if a stranger burst into a well-orchestrated song in conversation."
‑ Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times
"Reportedly a popular musical in Australia, though it's difficult to imagine why, Bran Nue Dae is a film adaptation that barely qualifies as either a film or a musical."
‑ Justin Strout, Orlando Weekly
"The bright colors and vibrant backgrounds ... go a long way in distracting from shortcomings in the story and style of this offhand hybrid."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Geoffrey Rush chews so much scenery that he looks ready to burst."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It's a Bran Nue Dae for Australian comedy. Enjoyable and satirical; a pleasant surprise."
‑ Katina Vangopoulos, Moviedex
"Comes off as "Moulin Rouge" at half speed, which is more of a compliment than you might imagine."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Charlotte Weekly
"It's not everyday you see an 'all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing'Aboriginal musical that also boasts Geoffrey Rush as a scenery-chewing priest with a dodgy German accent."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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