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  • Summary: Based on the book by Roberts Drewe, this is the story of Australian gunslinger and outlaw, Ned Kelly and his Kelly Gang, famous for their many robberies from 1878-1880.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Erin Free
    90
    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.
  2. Despite the idealized portrait of Kelly and the very predictable plot, the film proves engaging, thanks in large measure to Ledger's sympathetic and believable performance.
  3. Reviewed by: Clint Morris
    70
    It’s an exciting movie filled with plenty of action, adventure, beautiful cinematography and best of all, terrific performances.
  4. 60
    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.
  5. The cast works hard, but Jordan's directing is too ponderous and slow to build dramatic energy.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    The movie, which has a rusty photographic veneer, is monotonous and drags toward the end.
  7. 25
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Jan 3, 2015
    7
    Once again, Orlando Bloom charms us. His characters is completely irresistable - as is this movie. You really feel sorry for Ned and hisOnce again, Orlando Bloom charms us. His characters is completely irresistable - as is this movie. You really feel sorry for Ned and his companions, and at times, the good turns into bad, and the other way around. Action, drama, humour, depth and feelings. Good acting, and good ending, for once! Expand

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