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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The movie, which has a rusty photographic veneer, is monotonous and drags toward the end. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The result is a handsome, action-packed biographical drama with a credibility gap wider than the screen. show more

  • 90
    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. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The cast works hard, but Jordan's directing is too ponderous and slow to build dramatic energy. show more

  • 38
    Janice Page Boston Globe

    Ultimately, Jordan's vision is so murky that Ned Kelly remains as foreign to us as wombat stew. show more

  • 25
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A leaden retelling of the legend of Australia's Jesse James that has understandably been sitting on the shelf for a couple of years. show more

  • 70
    Film Threat

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

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    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. show more

  • 67
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    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. show more

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