Australia (2008)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 26, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 3, 2009
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Built on lavish vistas and impeccable production, Australia is unfortunately burdened with thinly drawn characters and a lack of originality.

Nina Caplan
Time Out

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.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Australia strains hard for epic Gone with the Wind territory, but it is undone by its own hubris, although, to be fair, the scenes of the Australian outback almost make the film worth seeing. Almost...

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

There's a lot to admire here, but not enough.

David Denby
New Yorker

Luhrmann is drawn to kitsch as inevitably as a bear to honey.

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Luke Buckmaster

The effect of watching a Baz Luhrmann film is indistinguishable from the effect of having a crater-sized parcel of glitter dropped on your head.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

It's trying so hard to be epic instead of just being epic.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Luhrmann labors to frame his work as a grandiose social problem film -- rarely has a movie tried so hard, and so fruitlessly, for our love

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Simon Miraudo

What a pleasant surprise to discover that the film has earned its sweeping title.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
It's not awful, but it certainly lacks the tongue-in-cheek spark of other Baz Luhrmann films, thus rendering the emotion quite melodramatic. I… More
Nicki Marie
I got about one hour into this before turning it off. Acting in the beginning is extremely hammy. So much so I could not take this seriously. It was not… More
Daniel Perry
Somewhere beyond "good," but not quite "really good." I've always been a Luhrman fan, so some of the more airy or mystical qualities of… More
♥Robyn M♥
Starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman,i wasnt going to watch this movie as im not a huge fan of Nicole Kidman, but I love the Wolverine and the X-men… More
Phil Hubbs
I thought this was an epic 'Dances With Wolves' type film so I was alittle disappointed to discover it isn't, its more of a romantic comedy/epic… More
Jim Careter
I enjoyed this movie. Im not like other guys, I enjoy romances, but god forsaken me I HATE ROMANCE COMEDIES!!! They used great scenery and music and it made… More