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Australia

2008
Drama
Adventure
2h 45m
Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 1,500 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.
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Australia

2008
Drama
Adventure
2h 45m
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Rated 18 Dec 2008
2
6th
Epic ? Hardly. This film felt so cartoonish and ostentatious, it doesn't deserve this kind of praise. It tries too hard to become a modern Casablanca or Gone with the Wind but falls flat while doing so. One scene was quite effective, but the rest made me laugh out loud. If you're naive, or hungry for Hugh Jackman's chest or Nicole Kidman, who probably had more botox injections than an Asian supermodel, you'll love this film. For me, Australia was a visual snore...
Rated 17 Jan 2009
50
29th
Aiming to mix Gone with the Wind with Rabbit-Proof Fence, Luhrmann delivers spectacle but seem committed to neither the love story nor the tragedy of the stolen aboriginal generation. It's a disappointingly heavy-handed epic and matters aren't helped by the incredibly over-the-top performances from the otherwise good and well-cast actors (Kidman, both strong and fragile, Jackman: irritatingly cool, the boy: undeniably cute). You half expect "Faramir" to burst into a Dr. Evil-laugh at any moment.
Rated 05 Apr 2009
40
28th
There's something very wrong here. Why does it look like they shot it inside a studio? Even City Slickers looks more believable. If you really want to see this one, skip to the last hour.
Rated 08 Dec 2008
80
74th
an extremely dense, very full story. i would be offended if this didn't get as much acclaim as titanic (it was not deserving of anything good to be said about it.), and i know it won't. this movie is indeed an epic movie, the story alone demands that it should take up no less than two and a half hours. i really wish more epic movies were like this, and more movies took place in australia.
Rated 03 Dec 2009
39
29th
There's a reason I fell asleep during this movie and it's not because there's a problem with my atten
Rated 13 Jan 2009
56
29th
A bloated and overblown yet watchable tribute/parody of Australian tourist kitsch with a charmingly silly, bizarre sense of humour about itself and its cartoonish, almost vulgar melodrama. How anyone could take this seriously is beyond me (hell even Nicole Kidman knowingly takes the piss out of herself and her frigid public image). However its completely understandable why it flopped and how it could bewilder a modern US audience but its refreshing that it doesn't pander to them.
Rated 04 Jan 2009
42
25th
waaaaay too long, waaaaay too much fake looking cgi, waaaaaay too badly acted by kidman, waaaaaaay too everything. it was waaaaaay too much for this viewer overall.
Rated 08 Dec 2008
90
78th
The first half is a western, the second half leaning towards war (just as the posters made it seem), but the transition is so gradual and natural, it's almost impossible to notice. It's campy at times, with some hammy performances and a light-hearted beginning that doesn't match the heavy second half, but it all works seamlessly, as hard as that is to believe. Luhrmann surprised the hell out of me with this one.
Rated 10 Mar 2009
80
23rd
Baz Luhrmann, the director, bears primary responsibility for this silly mess of a film. He has a kitchy sensibility at odds with the masculine ethos of the first two-thirds of the film. I couldn't believe my eyes and ears when Luhrmann made repeated visual and musical references to The Wizard of Oz. Pure camp! All wrong! Australia resembles Pearl Harbor, another awful film with one outstanding scene (the bombing itself) and enough striking images to fill an audience-grabbing preview.
Rated 29 Jan 2009
25
17th
The story is a camp, cliche-ridden, throwaway, weightless, awfully paced and unnecessary mess. I can't imagine a worse leading duo than Jackman/Kidman. But.. It's damn pretty. Luhrman can't write but he knows his way around the camera. A few particularly epic scenes, a surprisingly not suicide-inducing performance by Jackman and dazzling visuals make this worth sitting through, particularly in theatres. The constant Wizard of Oz references made me wish I was watching that instead, though.
Rated 18 Apr 2012
34
4th
I don't often rate movies that I haven't seen all the way through, but there was no way I was going to make it all the way through this. I actually tried to watch it on a flight to Australia, and couldn't possibly finish. Man this was bad.
Rated 14 Dec 2017
70
70th
This movie is full of humor, tragedy and misfortune. The characters are extremes of decency or wickedness. The story is sometimes sappy, sentimental or heavy handed. The dialog was mostly good. It is well acted, but the emotional attachments were not very convincing. Good sound and music. And a quality production. It's a long interesting saga that is worth watching, despite its several flaws.
Rated 02 Jan 2009
75
42nd
All in all, this is a nice movie. It's not so special that you will be damned if you miss it, but it is worth your time. Hugh Jackman is great to look at, sometimes a little bit over the top but nevertheless. Kidman gives a great, nervous performance. I hoped for more epic pictures and the story was quite flat but entertaining.
Rated 16 Dec 2008
85
45th
Felt like 2 or 3 movies in 1, but I didn't mind. Deals with standing up for what's right against monopolies in the cattle business, the war, & the equality of Aborginal people. Also about learning to love, and what's important in life. I was captivated by the movie, but did find fault with a few story elements (and sadly the chemistry between Jackman & Kidman wasn't great—though they were wonderful otherwise). I adored Walters as Nullah & completely believed Gulpilil as King George. Recomme
Rated 25 Mar 2009
56
49th
Somehow I was led to believe this is a historic drama, something like "Cold Mountain". But from the first scenes film established itself as a cartoonish comic adventure film, and it was kept at it until the last dramatic act. Well, I have to admit I was fairly entertained by this syle. Worth watching if you are up for a big, fat and expensive looking Hollywood entartainment film. Just be sure to stack up more popcorn than usually, because it's really damn long.
Rated 04 Jan 2009
83
76th
all i can say is, oh my god, i'm in love with you hugh jackman...
Rated 07 Feb 2009
40
25th
Weird. One of those way too long movies where dirt appears clean.
Rated 30 Mar 2009
67
53rd
Visual a beautiful movie but a very long confused story : we see everything in this movie such as cowboys, Japs and aboriginals. Good for one time to see.
Rated 05 Feb 2009
36
15th
Good looking but silly and too long. The only connection I felt to any of the characters was the urge to kill Kidman and the abo kid.
Rated 17 Apr 2009
2
18th
Skip it.
Rated 22 Jun 2020
10
0th
Turned it off after 20 minutes. I don't know what they were going for, but I couldn't take it.
Rated 28 Nov 2010
40
39th
Over exaggerated, over produced, over acted, cliche, superficial, oscar bait not even close to being worthy of its 3 hour run time. You know what I would rather do than re-watch this? Kill myself.
Rated 09 Jan 2009
1
0th
Rated 01 Dec 2008
70
61st
It tries very hard to have a little bit of everything. It succeeds, but doesn't do a very good job of weaving them all together. Other than that, the movie had a thrilling plot, breathtaking vistas and costumes, and a hot shirtless Aussie leading man.
Rated 19 Sep 2011
43
50th
#11#, hype, story, (dir/writer Luhrmann), Nicole K, (H Jackman).
Rated 01 Nov 2011
75
66th
This film seems to attract a lot of flack for 'trying to be an epic'. I saw a colourful, compelling and pretty modern film that comes closer to that 'classic' feel than anything else in recent memory.
Rated 25 Oct 2017
60
25th
Don't waste your time on this shitsack and watch a decent Australian film instead. There's no shortage of good ones with shots of the outback, Rabbit Proof Fence, Wake in Fright, Priscilla Queen of the Desert... Hell watching a bunch of drags queens standing on Kings Canyon outdoes this shit any day.
Rated 26 Nov 2008
84
54th
I'm not gonna say anything about this yet, as I see that I'm the first to rate it... Except this: It IS worth your time, and money... (The aborigini's steal the show!)
Rated 06 Apr 2011
30
7th
Shockingly bad.
Rated 21 Mar 2009
49
16th
watch rabit-proof fence
Rated 06 Apr 2011
98
97th
"just becouse it is, it doesn't mean it should be!"
Rated 18 Dec 2009
75
82nd
allah svdigi kuluna esegini once kaybettirir sonra buldurur hahaha turk filmi gibiydi, kadir inanir ile filiz akin oynasa daha da inandirici olurdu eminim.
Rated 05 Aug 2011
85
76th
Good. Underrated (as most Austrlation movies are).
Rated 06 Apr 2009
82
85th
Ticks a lot of boxes. Visually sweeping and majestic. Celebrates Australia's natural resources and deals with Australian issues. Likeable characters with just the right amount of stereotype. Good chemistry between the leads. Plenty of action. Battle scenes. Historical context. Period detail. Well-structured, if slightly cheesy story. One of Luhrmann's best films. Not one of the definitive "Australian" films, but mighty fine entertainment nonetheless.
Rated 02 Sep 2009
48
9th
It was goofier and campier then I expected when it started off but that's not all bad. I never did get used to how unreal Luhrman makes everything look. He needs to lay off of the color correction a tad. Once the 'City Slickers' faze of the movie was over it went from somewhat tolerable to unbearably predictable and uninteresting. Nicole Kidman has the dramatic range of an animatronic robot.
Rated 19 Aug 2013
50
2nd
crap
Rated 06 Feb 2009
80
14th
Should've bought more popcorn Cheesy, but with great panoramic shots. Wanna go to Australia and learn that accent, mate...
Rated 21 Oct 2009
43
64th
I can't think of anything else but pretty cool, really long, and had a "Lord of the Rings" ending like crazy.
Rated 01 Oct 2010
84
22nd
good
Rated 28 Apr 2011
31
3rd
Australia is a shameful rendition of the country hindered by a disjointed and predictable plot line
Rated 09 Jun 2022
65
32nd
Cheerily corny and intermittently irritating, AUSTRALIA is undeniably entertaining, especially for a nearly three-hour historical epic. Might actually be the biggest swing of Luhrmann's career, but most will struggle to recognize it as such due to the lack of pop songs and feverish camera movements.
Rated 31 Mar 2009
25
27th
"...undercuts its cinematic insecurities with heart, soul and imagination."
Rated 22 Apr 2014
50
50th
Lurhmann's treatment of this latter subject is indeed provocative, but doesn't illuminate every corner: Jesus' Great Commission calls Christian believers to take the gospel to all nations. But in practice, sometimes that mandate has been misinterpreted to justify forcible, insensitive and immoral behavior. That is what Australia concentrates on--becoming something of a case study in how not to evangelize. (plugged.com)
Rated 29 Oct 2009
80
58th
Loved this film although it was slow to get going but worth the watch. This film has the epic feel of bygone age in cinema which may not be to the tastes of everybody. Hugh Jackman is excellent in every scene he's in and proves that the is more to him than playing Wolverine. Nicole Kidman is great and you find yourself rooting for both of these characters. Great cast and directing which the right mix of romance, action and history
Rated 07 Nov 2014
60
13th
Beautiful but feels like an ad from the Australian tourism agency
Rated 14 Jan 2010
18
10th
This is clearly supposed to be a satire of "Australiana" kitsch via Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind, except it doesn't do anything with it and becomes a snake eating its own morbidly saccharine tail. Now if it had veered into savage racism and drunks dropping c-bombs indiscriminately for the last half hour, I'd be cuing up that Orson Welles clapping gif.
Rated 06 May 2011
95
78th
This movie was a complete suprise to me. Before it opened there was a lot of hype and afterwards it was trashed by critics and people were disappointed. I can not understand why. This movie was great. I knew that there was something wrong when there were no Oscar nominations. I sat down and watched this and I was totally caught up in the good old fashin' way this movie was done.
Rated 28 Jun 2009
20
8th
Australia is a way too long "gone-with-the-wind-wanna-be" epic story with poor and loose plot. The narrating kid was annoying but the old abo dude was cool and landscapes were great looking.
Rated 20 Feb 2009
45
8th
yawn... Poor acting by Kidman, messy, superficial, long, flat story. They did a little bit of everything . So not epic as they tried. It gets points for some good cinematography but that's all.
Rated 17 Jan 2012
60
19th
don't remember particularly well other than it being long, almost like 2 movies, and a bit below average, so going with RT critic average.
Rated 04 Nov 2009
3
15th
Ughhh
Rated 05 Jan 2009
71
31st
Beautiful sprawling landscapes and a fairly decent plot B don't make up for the forced romance between Hugh and Nicole. Of course they fell in love, why woulndn't they? Oh yeah, because her husband just died, and he is attracted to aboriginal women, or at least was until she came along. Seriously?
Rated 06 Jul 2010
15
38th
Like all of Baz Lurhmann's movies, a cartoonish mash-up intended for a one-night watch. At the end, the only aspect worth remembering is the fulfilling shot of Hugh Jackman's upper body as water is running down his torso.
Rated 06 Jun 2009
75
42nd
Luhrmann's unique love-it-or-hate-it style. This is an important film for the Australian industry, and it certainly has great Australian scenery but I wasn't sold on the acting or story. There's a little bit of magic in this film, but it feels too much like Pearl Harbor.
Rated 19 Jun 2010
52
17th
I felt happy when it FINALLY ended
Rated 29 Jan 2011
41
6th
epic crap! every cliche you could imagine
Rated 02 Jan 2012
65
35th
This film is really just strange. It feels like three separate films. The first third has a very wacky, heightened tone to it. Then it becomes very serious, and by all accounts a very well done story. I think the middle of this movie works really well, and ends....or so I thought. It then goes on for an additional hour, which really drags the story to a halt, and gets a rather cliche ending. All in all, I think it's 1/3 of a great film. The portions bookending it aren't so great.
Rated 05 Oct 2013
35
10th
3+ might want to skip this one
Rated 13 Nov 2017
75
40th
BACK-FILLING WHOLE LOT OF FILMS NOT SEEN FOR A LONG, LONG TIME -> Recall/Scores may be 20-30% off. Not at all offended, grateful actually, if anyone wants 2 drop me a cordial msg if think memory dulled a gem or gave a rosy tint to clunker. IE. Tell me WHY Im wrong & what U think I should score. Love film chat/debate| Beautiful locales, entertaining moments. Handsome leads. Nothing V profound or amazing that I recall. Was swept along by it in cinema though & aboriginal child issue resonates
Rated 17 Dec 2008
60
33rd
It's a pretty affected piece of work by Luhrmann (sometimes annoyingly so), and the characters are all flat and one dimensional. But it's also grandiose, beautifully shot and decent fun.
Rated 16 Jun 2012
45
34th
Ultra-stylised, artificial, mythologistic, self-consciously "retro" and "postmodern" if not simply old-fashioned, and compromised by its status as a tourism advertisement, yet some parts kind of work and it does try fairly hard to do certain things that Australian culture has either avoided altogether or approached in very mediocre and safe ways. But an insecure and cringing Australian public was unlikely ever to accept a lecture in cultural politics packaged with such flamboyant theatricality.
Rated 26 Oct 2012
20
3rd
It was an endless ordeal. Watch those 3 repulsive leads for 3 hours. It has to be one of the least successful film in this budget range + Who cares Australia? * Casting, Acting : 2 * Script : 2 * Directing, Aura : 2 * Ease of Viewing : 2 * Naked Eye : 2
Rated 15 Feb 2013
53
6th
This movie drags on in a lot of parts. The lead characters played by Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman are unlikeable. Parts of the script are predictable but the scenery does look fantastic.
Rated 22 Feb 2009
60
41st
2 hours of cattle driving? Surprisingly not so bad. Everything else, 10 times worse.
Rated 30 Jul 2012
2
46th
As a fan of neither musicals or Luhrmanns gaudy style this didn't change my mind. I can see why people might like it but it's just not for me. 18/03/13 partial rewatch made me think i was a bit too harsh
Rated 07 Mar 2009
65
26th
Vapid Lean wanabee. This flick drops the ball at the hour thirty mark and never manages to pick it up again. It's beauty (the landscape, the shot composition, the actors) can't save it from being one of most boring flicks of the year.
Rated 28 Dec 2008
50
13th
Simply an epic fail.. And what a fail at that!
Rated 16 Feb 2009
75
47th
oi...oi...oi... !!!
Rated 22 Dec 2010
20
41st
"An unwieldy stab at an old-fashioned movie epic, Baz Luhrmann's Australia is corny, implausible, well intentioned and even somewhat enjoyable in its own way, at least for a while." - Dan Callahan
Rated 15 Sep 2014
66
36th
Filmi izlerken üç kere bitti sandım. Sıktığından da değil aslında ama garipti yani neyse.
Rated 11 Mar 2009
78
84th
long but a very enjoyable movie.
Rated 27 Dec 2008
50
22nd
What a disappointment. Clearly trying to be an 'epic' this fails to bring 3 or 4 genres and story lines together. Kidman has the fixed facial emotion of a tweeny and the characterisations are just unbelievable. Plot is below par and relies too much on Hugh Jackman being brooding... more like in pain. Miss it
Rated 02 Feb 2011
65
36th
unnecesarily long
Rated 02 Jun 2013
80
77th
Visually pleasing. But two movies stapled together. I loved the first movie, and thought the second one was too much.
Rated 04 Jun 2012
30
10th
Klarte ikke fange min oppmerksomhet.
Rated 18 Jul 2010
40
5th
Excruciating.
Rated 04 Jul 2009
70
23rd
It's not that bad but it's way too fucking long. I wouldn't recommend watching this unless you like pointless epics.
Rated 06 Jul 2009
5
54th
Good for watching in a theater.
Rated 28 Sep 2010
40
21st
Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and Baz Luhrmann. My 14-year-old-self's head would have imploded on the thought of all those goodies in one film. Sadly, however, it doesn't meet expectations. At all. The main problem is, it's too long. You think the movie ends at least three times, but no. There's too many stories to be told in one film, so it ends up not telling any of them full-heartedly. It does have a very hot and wet half-naked Hugh, so I owe myself-at-14 to give it +10 points for that.
Rated 18 Apr 2009
5
30th
to damn long...
Rated 01 Jan 2011
60
28th
59.750
Rated 27 Dec 2010
1
0th
Baz Luhrmann's Australia isn't a history of the penal colony turned commonwealth, but Luhrmann's absurd, cliché-ridden filmmaking ought to be a jailable offense.
Rated 05 Oct 2013
66
32nd
65.500
Rated 06 Apr 2009
41
32nd
The first part is comedy and the latter one tragedy. I hated the striking out CGI animation parts and fake comedy on first part. Not that the latter part was any better. Characters did not track any attention of mine. Pretty oddball to be called as "an epic".
Rated 04 Jun 2022
30
4th
One of the cringeiest and most boring films ever. Even higher then a kite i still was forced to turn it off. Let me wuickly wave my hands like some voodoo kid and say some gibberish then ill know all the black magic
Rated 19 Jan 2010
70
35th
Not so bad. Epic though very lengthy. Charming, though a bit cheesy. Involving but very predictable. Worth the time, but you won't name it if anyone asks you to name a film of any kind..
Rated 03 Mar 2009
60
29th
An extremely long and boring movie. I didnt expect much of this movie so wasnt disappointed. The acting is below par. The only thing worth watching is the cinematography of the Outback.
Rated 05 Apr 2010
85
54th
If this had been released as two seperate movies, each half would have a 99 from me, but as it is, the two halves of the movie are just so vastly different it drags the whole thing down. The first half could have been an amazing "western" sort of film, about the cattle-drive. The second could have been a heavy-handed war movie. But trying to combine the two things together into one film just turned it into a too-long too-heavy-handed bore.
Rated 19 Aug 2015
6
43rd
Splendidly visual storytelling, but it falls a bit flat due to its plot predictability and one dimensional characters. Also far too long.
Rated 28 Jul 2010
4
9th
It's great to look at. Otherwise, Australia is one of the most cliched movies I've ever seen. It's a tornado of lazy writing and excessive padding. I don't understand why anyone gave Baz Luhrmann final cut on this project, because he doesn't seem to understand the concept of how to end a movie.
Rated 30 Dec 2008
65
15th
Ridiculous folly but hard not to enjoy. Luhrman applies his hyper real style to an epic rom com western with mixed results. Its breathless energy almost makes you forget the implausibility of it all but a creaky Kidman and dodgy effects break the spell. Got to admire the man's creative vision though.
Rated 30 Nov 2012
40
13th
To marvel at the purity of Australia's corniness isn't to imply that the movie functions as so-bad-it's-good camp, or guilty pleasure, or anything else involving aesthetic enjoyment.
Rated 06 Aug 2021
75
59th
2016.10.30/???????????????????????????????
Rated 30 Sep 2009
30
1st
I was enjoying the movie for an hour and a half but then the movie just kept going and going...
Rated 27 Sep 2011
23
3rd
Boring and incredibly lame. I'm disappointed that my country's name is represented here.
Rated 18 May 2009
50
51st
Okay Movie
Rated 15 Dec 2008
77
48th
Lurhmann is truly a 21st century critic's darling:critical acclaim for what has continually been style over substance. There is nothing ground-breaking about any of his films: strictly re-re-cooked narrative leftovers w/ a sheen of an MTV-style idea laid over it. Since this is him straining at an epic, there's nothing left but his usual boilerplate story but w/ a Gone w/ the Wind sheen this time. Looks great (it'd better) so kudos to the cinematographer & Kidman looks as stunning as possible.
Rated 27 Dec 2008
61
38th
A very odd mix of differnet genres which, surprisingly didn't bore me that much altough it probably should. Extremely 80's.
Rated 04 Jun 2012
40
11th
A huge mix of love story, second world ware, Australian landscapes, aborigines, magic.... at the end we can't remember what was the movie's purpose..
Rated 03 Jan 2014
55
28th
Built on lavish vistas and impeccable production, Australia is unfortunately burdened with thinly drawn characters and a lack of originality.

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