Bran Nue Dae


Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22

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Critic Reviews

  1. An infectiously joyful Australian Aboriginal musical.
  2. 75
    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.
  3. 75
    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.
  4. 75
    Bran Nue Dae is a strange change from the usual multiplex fare, and that's nearly enough to make it wonderful.
  5. Reviewed by: 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 67
    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?
  8. Great? No. But Bran Nue Dae is great good fun.
  9. 63
    The songs are catchy. The lip-synching, meanwhile, is always a little off, and the dancing is usually average at best.
  10. 63
    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.
  11. 60
    The movie will make you tap your toes; don't expect much for your head or your heartstrings.
  12. 50
    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.
  13. The movie feels trapped in the 1980s and feels like a missed opportunity.
  14. 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.
  15. Reviewed by: 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 50
    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.
  18. As the boarding school honcho Father Benedictus, Geoffrey Rush chews so much scenery that he looks ready to burst.
  19. Bran Nue Dae has so much feel-good fizz that you can almost overlook its rickety construction. But not quite.
  20. While well known to many Down-Under fans, Bran Nue Dae has too much comic kitsch for U.S. specialty film audiences.
  21. So light and airy, it almost floats away on its own breeziness.
  22. 30
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 7, 2016
    I am going to be honest, I hated this film when I first watched it. But after watching the film again, I liked it a lot more even though II am going to be honest, I hated this film when I first watched it. But after watching the film again, I liked it a lot more even though I still would not call it a great film. The film is definitely charming and at times enjoyable, but it is hindered by mediocre humour and a somewhat messy narrative. Bran Nue Dae is definitely for fans of musical cinema and other similar Australian comedies. Full Review »