Ned Kelly
Ned Kelly (2003)

In the latter part of the 19th century, Australia is still largely untamed. The former penal colony's first-generation Irish immigrant population lives in poverty. Having already experienced police brutality and the death of his father,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 26, 2003
DVD Release Date: July 27, 2004
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: More depth about the legendary outlaw would be welcome, but as it is, Ned Kelly is a reasonably entertaining Western.

Janice Page
Boston Globe

Ultimately, Jordan's vision is so murky that Ned Kelly remains as foreign to us as wombat stew.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

A leaden retelling of the legend of Australia's Jesse James that has understandably been sitting on the shelf for a couple of years.

Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

Much as late 19th century Australian outlaw Ned Kelly was a charismatic figure who won the adulation of the Irish immigrant masses there, Heath Ledger as that romantic revolutionary of the film's title breathes astonishing vigor into the role.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

If Ned Kelly is supposed to be an anti-hero to root for, his speeches border on parody and his cause is really unclear.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

A handsome, action-packed biographical drama with a credibility gap wider than the screen.

Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

Director Jordan fails to deliver a film worthy of such mythical figure.

Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger

Offers a couple of well-filmed showdowns and lots of pretty landscapes, but you need more than scenic views and stylish action to chronicle a life, especially one as controversial as Kelly's.

John Anderson

Ledger, talking into his chest for much of the film in an apparent effort to lend gravity to his performance, is pretty stiff, but so is Jordan's direction.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The story might have more resonance with Australians, since compared to American folk heroes Ledger's Ned Kelly comes off as a bit square and self-serious.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer D
Well that was lovely and depressing now, wasn't it? And a bit of a spoiler, but that is the second time I have had to watch Orlando Bloom die on screen. It… More
Emily Armstrong
To be perfectly honest, the initial reason I rented this was for the eye candy, but Orlando Bloom and Heath Ledger really aren't much to look at under big… More
xGary Xx
This outback-set western is based on the life of Ned Kelly, Australia's most celebrated outlaw who enjoyed a Robin Hood like reputation in the late 19th… More
Al S
An impressive and remarkable western epic. A great and thrilling action-packed adventure. Heath Ledger gives an outstanding performance.
Eric S
Story of the impoverished Irish immigrant Kelly family living in Australia in the latter part of the 19th century. Bushranger Ned Kelly(Heath Ledger) is… More
Stephen M
This is one of those movies where the stars look immaculately unkempt: not a hair out of place that wasn't deliberately positioned so. Try as they might,… More