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Bran Nue Dae

Musical . Romance . Foreign . Drama . Comedy

In the Summer of 1965 a young man is filled with the life of the idyllic old pearling port Broome - fishing, hanging out with his mates and his girl. However his mother returns him to the religious mission for further schooling. After being punished for an act of youthful rebellion, he runs away from the mission on a journey that ultimately leads him back home.

Actors: Missy Higgins , Ernie Dingo , Jessica Mauboy , Geoffrey Rush , Rocky McKenzie
Directors: Rachel Perkins
Release: 2010-01-14
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  • Richard Nilsen

    An infectiously joyful Australian Aboriginal musical.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    It may not have songs by ABBA, but Bran Nue Dae is roughly Australia's far less elaborate answer to "Mamma Mia!" -- a cheerful and proudly corny musical that's pretty hard to resist if you're in the right frame of mind.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It's a little racy for our "High School Musical" set. But Bran Nue Dae (say it out loud) will play anywhere fans like a musical so cute you want to pinch its cheeks.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Bran Nue Dae is a strange change from the usual multiplex fare, and that's nearly enough to make it wonderful.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    Enjoyable and forgettable in equal measure, the lovably cheesy Australian movie Bran Nue Dae is a must for children bitten by the musical-revival fever, for all who heart American Idol, and for anyone who came of age in the late 1960s - and is willing to hear the beloved pop standards of their youth massacred for a new age.

    NPR Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    It's almost impossible not to be swept up by the exuberant fun of this singing, dancing, irony-laced ode to the repression, reeducation and resistance of Australia's indigenous tribal peoples circa 1969.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    The movie builds goodwill doggedly, and then pays it all off with a farcical finale with a rousing message: We're all Aborigines! Who knew?

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Great? No. But Bran Nue Dae is great good fun.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The songs are catchy. The lip-synching, meanwhile, is always a little off, and the dancing is usually average at best.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    It isn't a masterpiece, but it is a good-hearted, sweet comedy, featuring an overland chase that isn't original but sure is energetic.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Fear

    The movie will make you tap your toes; don't expect much for your head or your heartstrings.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The movie is bouncy and zesty, its energy unflagging, and some of the big numbers are heavily tinged with Bollywood. Conceptually, it should have been a trip.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jennie Punter

    The movie feels trapped in the 1980s and feels like a missed opportunity.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • G. Allen Johnson

    A very slightly plotted, over-the-top film with hammy acting suitable for an old "Benny Hill" episode. If that sounds like fun, go see it, mate.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    Offering blandly stereotypical characters in a trite road-trip narrative, it's genial but too silly for most grownups, and likely to impress few "High School Musical"-indoctrinated kids.

    Variety Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    The bits of Aboriginal lore imparted along the way by Tadpole add flavoring to a sugar-coated romp that has the craft of a high school revue.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Aaron Hillis

    The film is too broad and tacky to engage on a universal level, or at least Stateside: The choreography is sloppy and lifeless; the outmoded blend of vintage rock, country and Broadway styles doesn't click; and the characters are such caricatures that it's no wonder the entire cast is overacting.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    As the boarding school honcho Father Benedictus, Geoffrey Rush chews so much scenery that he looks ready to burst.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Megan Lehmann

    Bran Nue Dae has so much feel-good fizz that you can almost overlook its rickety construction. But not quite.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Steve Ramos

    While well known to many Down-Under fans, Bran Nue Dae has too much comic kitsch for U.S. specialty film audiences.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    So light and airy, it almost floats away on its own breeziness.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Patrick Friel

    As a drama this is rote, as a musical it's uninspired, and as a comedy it's adolescent; ultimately it's a mess, unsure what it wants to be.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
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