“"I Love This Film,I Love This Film,I Love This Film,I Love This Film,I Love This Film,I Love This Film,I Love This Film,I Love This Film,I Love This Film"”
“AN UNFAIRLY UNDERESTIMATED MASTERPIECE…”
“The Wonderful World Of Oz!!! :D”
“I Will Sing You To Me.”
“A GREAT ADVENTURE STORY”
“Sporting An Uneven, Convoluted Narrative, Australia Is Redeemed By Amazing Visuals, Solid Performances, And An Effective Resurrection Of The Epics Of Old.”
“Good Movie With Little Replay Value.”
“Vintage Hollywood Flavor. I Really Enjoyed This Film.”
“A Breakthrough In The Theatrical Experience Of 2008. This And Benjamin Button Were The Best 2 Ways To Kiss Your Year Goodbye.”
“A Great Movie.”
“I Would Rather Play Russian Roulette Buy Myself Than Watch This Again”
“U Can Almost Close Your Eyes And See Grace Kelly & Robert Mitchum In The Leads....Belissimo!”
“This Film Combines All Aspects Of Cinematic Genres To Reach Epic Proportions. 'Australia' Makes Australia Look Like Heaven On Earth...even After The Japanese Bomb It”
“A Damn Good Movie. ”
“Masterpiece? I Don’t Think So. But… It IS An Excellent Film With An Excellent Story!”
“Australia" Is A Film Of Epic Proportions But The Story Lacks Depth And Originality.”
“Epic, Majestic, Grand, Colossal.. (You Fill In The Blanks)”
“A Grand, Sweeping Epic About Cattle, Lust, And Finding True Love. It’s Certainly Worth The Effort, Even If You Don’t Have The Three Hours It Takes To Make It To The End. ”
“A New Epic, Down Unda”
Missing the 'e' in epic, the filmmaker has produced a labored pic, weighed down by the very artifice that is traditionally his specialty.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Australia is a pastiche of genres and references wrapped up into one horse-galloping, cattle-stampeding, camera-swooping, music-swelling, widescreen package.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
We are left with slow-moving insincerity and conceit, summoned up in the flatulence of that title: Australia, a country reborn in terms of facetious Hollywood cliches.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Australia tries to be a sprawling, romantic epic. Instead, it's a melodramatic exercise in tedium.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
A wildly ambitious, luridly indulgent spectacle of romance, action, melodrama and historic revisionism, Australia is windy, overblown, utterly preposterous and insanely entertaining.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Australia strains to do it all, and finally all you can see is the strain.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Though Luhrmann starts with plenty of potential, he squanders it almost immediately.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
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.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Comedy and tragedy, action and melodrama, full measures of quirk and swoon: It's just a plain good time at the movies.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Australia provides some remarkable moments: remarkably beautiful, remarkably imaginative and, against all odds, genuinely moving, which in a movie this overwrought and overblown is, in itself, remarkable.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
Even more than a Western, Australia is a musical without a songbook. Its emotions are large, its rhythms bold.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Jackman has musical-theater chops and knows how to sell material this ham-handed; Kidman isn't quite as deft.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Luhrmann is drawn to kitsch as inevitably as a bear to honey.
David Denby - New Yorker
What a gorgeous film, what strong performances, what exhilarating images and -- yes, what sweeping romantic melodrama.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Australia offers everything from a cattle drive to Nicole Kidman's rendition of "Over the Rainbow" to hordes of Japanese Zeros zeroing in on screaming children during the early 1942 attack on Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory, two months aft
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Long in the making -- and almost as long in the watching -- Baz Luhrmann's Australia is epic piffle.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
It's not Luhrmann's best work to date, but it has crowd-rousing flair to spare.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It's an endurance test that ends in moans of recognition as characters seem to be acting out scenes from other, better movies. Really, you don't want to sit through this.
Tom Long - Detroit News
If Luhrmann takes too long to tell the tale, it is at least a tale worth telling, shining a light on racism and mistreatment, folding it neatly into a crowded film that entertains us for most of the way.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
I must confess that I might have been harder on Mr. Luhrmann's film if I had not remained entranced by Ms. Kidman.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
Embracing grand old-school melodrama while critiquing racist old-fashioned politics, Baz Luhrmann's grandiose Australia provides a luxurious bumpy ride.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Never boring but often exhausting, Australia finally pulls itself together for an emotionally satisfying ending. Or six. Pass the gravy.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's messy and overwrought. But ambition this grand is worth two hours and 40 minutes of Aussie scenery, history (fudged), romance and war.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
At once sprawling and intimate, melodramatic and comic, magnificent and utterly bonkers, it bears entertaining witness to Luhrmann's love of old movies and his Down Under homeland.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Christine Champ - Film.com
The massive panoramas of wild Australia suddenly make Luhrmanns wild flourishes look puny.
Sean Means - Film.com
Australia is so damnably eager to please that it feels like being pinned down by a giant overfriendly dingo and having your face licked for about three hours: theoretically endearing but, honestly, kind of gross.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Calling a Baz Luhrmann movie a crazy mess isn't necessarily a damning statement. But it isn't an automatic compliment, either.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
It's a mystery to me how Baz Luhrmann continues to be regarded as a director worth following.
Dana Stevens - Slate
It looks great, but the same comment can be made about Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor, which shares more than a passing resemblance.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The most expensive Australian film ever made is rousing and passionate.
Megan Lehmann - Hollywood Reporter
Overlong and self-indulgent.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Australia delivers with real panache.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
Beautiful scenery and the best intentions can't save Australia from dissolving in goo.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Throw out the beefcake, the Stilton cheese, and the sub-Dynasty empire-building bushwah.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
- Digital Spy
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
A funny frankenstein that's worth seeing just to point and laugh at.
Mike Edwards - Obsessed With Film
Mike Edwards - What Culture
"Australia" occasionally stumbles into corny sidesteps like Hugh Jackman's "Oh, crikey" catchphrase. But Baz Luhrmann mythologized his homeland as American directors like John Ford did with Westerns - dramatic-license exaggerations that pay off in droves.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
Australia is an enchanting throwback to an era of filmmaking which strived to entertain its audiences with dazzling spectacle and melodrama.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Luhrmann just piles quotation mark on top of quotation mark
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Whilst it's not the masterpiece we so desperately wanted it to be, Australia still manages to be a good time at the cinema.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
It's a bit overloaded, though I love Luhrmann's obvious enthusiasm.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Here's a film you probably sneered at as its ads played for its mega-plex roll out. I beg you not to let you keep that from now buying the DVD.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
It is a huge film - in scale, scope, look and feel, and of course budget. It is also a huge disappointment.
Simon Weaving - Screenwize
Sometimes seems to be overwhelmed by Baz Luhrmann's excess, but the strength of his vision, the appeal of his visuals and the skill of his actors keep the film from capsizing.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide