88

TV Guide

Australia goes for the absolute limit in terms of scope. And let's not be coy -- size may not matter, but it still helps.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

Defies all but the most cynical not to get carried away by the force of its grandiose imagery and storytelling.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
[Luhrmann's] movie is all over the map. But what a gorgeous map it is. The too-muchness, like the too-longness, befits the Northern Territory's vastness. In its heart of hearts Australia is an old-fashioned Western -- a Northern, if you will -- and all the more enjoyable for it.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Luhrmann is working a tricky game: He's trying to come to terms with modern Australia's racist legacy while telling a ripping yarn while also making fun of ripping yarns - but not too much.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
If looks were everything, director Baz Luhrmann's epic salute to his native land would be the movie of the year. But, crikey, a padded script bloated with subplots and shameless sentimentality can wear you down.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Epic piffle.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Like the last two "Pirates" movies, Australia is ambitious more than awe-inspiring, grandiose rather than grand, full of spectacle but not spectacular.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Long before the second hour of Australia (which feels like the fifth), it's clear that Luhrmann hasn't found a satisfactory way to make a movie nearly as ballsy -- or coherent -- as he wants his creation to be.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
With Australia, Luhrmann obviously intends to stage a grand romance against the epic backdrop of World War II. But what we get instead is an unwieldy mess that needed another six months in the editing room.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Australia shows all the signs of having been a labor of love for director Baz Luhrmann. One problem: It's his love, and the audience's labor.
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53 out of 100
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