The Hollywood Reporter

Expertly combining the personal and the epic, Jordan has crafted an excellent historical saga that doesn't collapse under the weight of too much history.
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Film Threat

It’s an exciting movie filled with plenty of action, adventure, beautiful cinematography and best of all, terrific performances.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A boggy mix of fact, fiction, and changeable wigs and beards worn by Heath Ledger in the title role, manages to shrink the grandness of the myth without clarifying our understanding of the man.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The result is a handsome, action-packed biographical drama with a credibility gap wider than the screen.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The wholly invented character of unattainable love interest Julia Cook (the real Kelly once referred to an enigmatic "Julia" in a letter) is the film's weakest link and smacks of a desperate attempt to shoehorn a pretty woman into a story about grubby men with tangled beards.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
There's something in Ned Kelly' that's lost in the translation from Australia to America, and the overly emotional film score is just a symptom.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The cast works hard, but Jordan's directing is too ponderous and slow to build dramatic energy.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
The movie, which has a rusty photographic veneer, is monotonous and drags toward the end.
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Boston Globe

By Janice Page
Ultimately, Jordan's vision is so murky that Ned Kelly remains as foreign to us as wombat stew.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A leaden retelling of the legend of Australia's Jesse James that has understandably been sitting on the shelf for a couple of years.
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56 out of 100
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