My Brilliant Career
My Brilliant Career (1979)

Both actress Judy Davis and director Gillian Armstrong made a big splash on the international scene with this charming Australian film that examines late 19th century Australian society from the perspective of a headstrong woman who refuses… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: August 17, 1979
DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Skow
TIME Magazine

This is a modest, clear sighted film, and it profits considerably from a lack of the bravura landscape photography that most directors would have used to puff up a movie set in Australia.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

My Brilliant Career marks the beginning of exactly that for both the film's daring, assured, high-spirited Australian director, Gillian Armstrong, and its rambunctious young star.

People Magazine

The continent is distant, the backdrop strange but, as American women will deduce, the problems are very familiar.

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Variety Staff

This Australian film is a charming look at 19th-century rural days in general and the stirrings of self-realization and feminine liberation in the persona of a headstrong young girl who wants to go her own way.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The action and sentiments are familiar to the point of cliche, and there isn't much life in Gillian Armstrong's academic direction.

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TV Guide

The mise-en-scene is well composed, and the story is well told in this wonderful Australian work.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

The period atmosphere is evoked with careful delicacy, but the characters rarely become more than stereotypes with performances (Judy Davis excepted) to match.

Angie Errigo
Radio Times

Armstrong's subsequent sojourn in Hollywood never yielded a film as engaging and passionately felt as this, her brilliant feature debut.

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Emanuel Levy

This charming coming of age Australian film marks the debuts of two talented women: Director Gillian Armstrong and actress Judy Davis.

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A woman with literary aspirations falls for an upper class man who tempts her toward marriage, away from her work. The film sets up a familiar dichotomy:… More
Randy Tippy
Sybylla Melvyn is a girl with a spark. She's also a girl who refuses to let 19th century sensibilities extinguish it. Set in Australia in the late… More
jay nixon
Slow moving enlightenment drama with Judy Davis giving an excellent performance as usual. The characters are just to remote to really engage you leaving you… More