What Margaret and David say about 400 Oz Movies

Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton are Australia’s best known and much loved film critics, having appeared on two long-running weekly movie TV review shows for almost 30 years: SBS’s The Movie Show from 1986 to 2004 and ABC’s At The Movies between 2004 and 2014. They reviewed both international and Australian movies and their informed opinions helped open Australians’ eyes to both our own films and movies from all around the world.

Margaret and David were like our cinematic godparents, taking us by the hands, and guiding us through the world of film, explaining, analysing, comparing and teaching us a vocabulary to discuss what we were seeing. And when they finally retired from the ABC in 2014, thousands (perhaps millions) of Australian cinephiles were left bereft, to wander like orphans in the new cinematic world, getting lost in the flood of new trends, with only the increasingly distant memories from the many years under their care to guide us.

So what Oz films did Margaret and David like?

Remembering that Margaret and David did not generally review films made before 1984, and that reviews of some major films made after 1984 (including Strictly Ballroom, Muriel’s Wedding, Bliss and The Year My Voice Broke) were not found (see Notes at end), their top five Oz films, the only ones to which I know they both gave five stars were:

  • Evil Angels, Lantana, The Piano, Return Home and Samson & Delilah

Margaret also gave 5 stars to Flirting and David also gave five stars to nine other films:

  • Bad Boy Bubby, Happy Feet, Shine, Grievous Bodily Harm, Holy Smoke, Idiot Box, The Quiet RoomThe Fringe Dwellers  and The Year My Voice Broke*

Both David and Margaret gave 4½ stars to another 20 films:

  • Animal Kingdom, Babe, Beautiful Kate, The Boys, Burning Man, Children Of The Revolution, Chopper, Death in Brunswick, The Dish, The Finished People, Head On. The Heartbreak Kid, The Interview, Japanese Story, Look Both Ways, Praise, Proof, Somersault and The Tracker.

Margaret was less generous with her five star ratings, but was slightly more generous overall, giving Oz films 3.6 stars on average, ahead of David’s 3.4 stars.

David was also harder on movies he didn’t like, giving 0, ½ or 1 star to six movies (including his controversial refusal to rate the highly regarded Romper Stomper due to the film’s depictions of racist violence) and only 1½ stars to another seven films, including The Castle, which became one of Australia’s most popular films. Margaret only gave less than two stars to four films.

The films on which they most disagreed, apart from Romper Stomper, were:

Overall though, Margaret and David tended to give similar ratings, differing by only half a star in 70% of their reviews.

Their ratings and reviews of Oz films follow.

David and Margaret’s Reviews of Oz Movies 1986-2014

The list below has links to Margaret and David’s video reviews of over 400 Oz movies released mainly while Margaret and David were appearing on SBS’s The Movie Show and ABC’s At The Movies between 1986-2014. For more information, see the Notes below the list.

$9.99 David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

100 Bloody Acres David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

2:37 David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

4 David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

48 Shades David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

52 Tuesdays David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

A Few Best Men David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4  stars

A Heartbeat Away David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

A Man’s Gotta Do David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Accidents Happen David: 2 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Acolytes David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Adam David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Adoration David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, The  David: 4 stars

Alexandra’s Project David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

All Men Are Liars David: 3.5 stars

All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

All This Mayhem  David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Amy  David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Angel Baby David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Animal Kingdom  David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Any Questions For Ben?  David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

At World’s End David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Australia David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Australian Rules David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Babe David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Bad Boy Bubby David: 5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Bad Eggs David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Bait David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Balibo David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Bank David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Bastardy David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Beautiful David: 2 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Beautiful Kate David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Beneath Clouds David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Beneath Hill 60 David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Better Than Sex David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Beware of Greeks Bearing Guns David: 2.5 stars

Big Steal, The David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Billy’s Holiday David: 2 stars

Black & White & Sex David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Black And White David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Black Balloon, The David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Black Water David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Blame David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Blessed David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Blind Company David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Blinder David: 1.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Blurred David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Bondi Tsunami  no rating

Book of Revelation, The David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4  stars

Bootmen David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Boys Are Back, The David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4  stars

Boys, The David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

BoyTown David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Bra Boys David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Bran Nue Dae David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Brilliant Lies David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Burke and Wills David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Burning Man David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Cactus David: 2 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Candy David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Cane Toads : The Conquest David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Canopy David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Careless Love David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Castle, The David: 1.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Caterpillar Wish David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Cedar Boys David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Celia David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Charlie & Boots David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Charlie’s Country David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Children Of The Revolution David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Chopper David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Closed For Winter David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Clubland David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Coffin Rock David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

The Combination David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Cosi  David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Cosmic Psychos? Bloke’s You Can Trust David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Country Life  David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Crackerjack David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Crackers David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Craic, The David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Crooked Business David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

The Crop David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 1.5 stars

The Crossing David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Cunnamulla David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

The Cup David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Dad and Dave: On Our Selection David: 4 stars

Dags David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Dance Me To My Song David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Danny Deckchair David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

The Darkside David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Dating The Enemy David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Daybreakers David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Dead Calm (ABC)  no rating

Dead Calm David: ? stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Dead Europe David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Dead Heart David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Dead Letter Office David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Dear Frankie David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Death Defying Acts David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Death in Brunswick David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

December Boys David: 2 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Dirty Deeds David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Dish, The David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Doing Time for Patsy Cline David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Dr Plonk David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Dreams for Life David: 3.5 stars

Drift David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Dying Breed David: 1.5 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Echoes of Paradise David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Em David: 4 Jay David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Emerald City David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Envy David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Epsilon David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Erskineville Kings David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Evil Angels David: 5 stars – Margaret: 5 stars

Extra, The David: 1.5 stars – Margaret: 1 star

The Eye Of The Storm David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Face to Face David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Fallout David: 3.5 stars

Fat Pizza David: 2 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Feeling Sexy David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Felony David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Final Winter David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Finished People, The David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Flirting  David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 5 stars

Footy Legends David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Forbidden Lies David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Four of a Kind David: ? stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Frauds David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Fringe Dwellers, The David: 5 stars

Gallipoli : The Classic  no rating

Galore David: 2 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Garage Days David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Georgia David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Gettin’ Square David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Ghosts Of The Civil Dead David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Glass: A Portrait of Philip in 12 Parts David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Global Haywire David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

God on My Side David: 1.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Goddess David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Goddess Of 1967 David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Golden Braid David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Gone David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Greenkeeping David: 2 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Grievous Bodily Harm David: 5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Griff The Invisible David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Gross Misconduct David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Hail David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Happy Feet David: 5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Hard Word, The David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Hating Alison Ashley David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

He Died With A Felafel In His Hand David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Head On David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Heartbreak Kid, The David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Heaven’s Burning David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Hercules Returns David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: ? stars

Here I Am David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

High Tide (Interview)  no rating

Holy Smoke David: 5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Home Song Stories David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Honourable Wally Norman, The David: 2 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Hope David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

The Horseman David: 1.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Horseplay David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Hotel De Love David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Hotel Sorrento David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Human Touch David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Hunt Angels David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

The Hunter David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

I Love You Too David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Idiot Box  David: 5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Illustrated Family Doctor David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

In a Savage Land David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

In Bob We Trust David: ? stars – Margaret: 4 stars

In The Winter Dark David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

The Independent David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

The Infinite Man David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

The Interview David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Irresistible David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Jammed David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Japanese Story David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Jewboy David: ? stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Jindabyne David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Kanyini David: 3.5 stars

Kath & Kimderella David: 2 stars

Kenny David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

The King Is Dead! David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Kiss Or Kill David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Knowing David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Kokoda David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

La Spagnola David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Lake Mungo David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Lantana (ABC)  no rating

Lantana David: 5 stars – Margaret: 5 stars

The Last Days of Chez Nous review David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Last Impresario David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Last Ride David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Last Train To Freo David: 1.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Lego Movie David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Let`s Get Skase David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Letters to Ali David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Lex and Rory David: 2 stars – Margaret: ? stars

Life In Movement David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Lighthorsemen, The David: 2.5 stars

Like Minds David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Lilian’s Story David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Lionel David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

A Little Bit of Soul David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Little Death David: 4 stars

Little Fish David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Look Both Ways David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Looking For Alibrandi David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Lore David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Lost and Found David: 2 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Lost Things David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Lou David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Love And Other Catastrophes David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Love in Limbo David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Love Lust & Lies David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Love Serenade David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Love’s Brother David: 2 stars

The Loved Ones David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Lucky Break David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Lucky Country David: 2 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Lucky Miles David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Macbeth David: 2 stars – Margaret: 1 star

Mad Bastards David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Magic Pudding, The David: 2 stars

The Magician David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Mallboy David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Man From Snowy River 2, The   no rating

Man Who Sued God, The David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Mao’s Last Dancer David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Map of the Human Heart David: 4 stars – Margaret: ? stars

The Marriage of Figaro David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Mary And Max David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Matching Jack David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4  stars

Me Myself I David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Men’s Group David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Mental David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Moneyshot David: 1 star

Monkey Puzzle David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Monkey’s Mask, The David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Moulin Rouge!  David: 4.5 stars

Mr Accident David: 2.5 stars

Mr Reliable David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Mrs Carey’s Concert David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Muggers David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5  stars

The Mule David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Mull David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Mullet David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Muriel’s Wedding : The Classic   no rating

Muriel’s Wedding David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

My First Wife : The Classic   no rating

My Mistress David: 2 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

My Mother Frank David: 2 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

My Tehran For Sale David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

My Year Without Sex  David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Mystery Road David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Ned David: 2 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Ned Kelly David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Newcastle David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Night David: ? stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Night We Called It A Day, The David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Nirvana Street Murder David: 3 stars – Margaret: ? stars

Noise David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Nostradamus Kid, The David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Not Fourteen Again David: ? stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Not Quite Hollywood David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Not Suitable for Children David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Nothing Men, The David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Nugget, The David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Occasional Coarse Language David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Once My Mother David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

One Night The Moon David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

One Perfect Day David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Only The Brave David: ? stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Opal Dream David: 2.5 stars

Oranges and Sunshine David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Oscar and Lucinda David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Oyster Farmer David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Paperback Hero David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Paradise Road David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Patrick David: 1 star – Margaret: 3 stars

Paws David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Peaches David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Piano, The David: 5 stars – Margaret: 5 stars

Picnic At Hanging Rock no rating

Playing For Charlie David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Powderburn David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Praise David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Predestination David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The President Versus David Hicks David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Prime Mover David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Proof David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

The Proposition David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Quiet Room, The David: 5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Rabbit Proof Fence David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Radiance David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Rage In Placid Lake David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Rampage David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Rats and Cats David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Razzle Dazzle David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Reckless Kelly David: 2 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Red Dog David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Red Hill David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Red Obsession David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Redball David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

The Reef David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Return Home David: 5 stars – Margaret: 5 stars

Return To Nim’s Island David: 2 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Rikky And Pete David: 2 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Risk David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Road to Nhill David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Road Train David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Rock N Roll Nerd David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

The Rocket David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Rogue David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Roly Poly Man, The David: 2.5 stars

Romper Stomper David: 0 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Romulus, My Father David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Rover David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Russian Doll David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Salt David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Salute David: 2 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Salvation David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Sample People David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Samson & Delilah David: 5 stars – Margaret: 5 stars

Sanctum David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

The Sapphires David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Satellite Boy David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Save Your Legs! David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Selkie David: 2 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Sensitive New Age Killer David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

September David: 2 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Serenades David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Shame David: ? stars – Margaret: ? stars

Shine David: 5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Siam Sunset David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Silent Partner David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Silver Brumby, The David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Sleeping Beauty David: 3.5 stars

Snowtown David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Soft Fruit David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Solo David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Somersault David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Son Of A Gun David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Son Of A Lion David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Sound Of One Hand Clapping, The David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

South Solitary David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Spank! David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Spider and Rose David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Spotswood David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Square David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Stone Bros David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Storm Surfers (3D) David: 4 stars

Strange Bedfellows David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Strange Fits Of Passion David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Strange Planet David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Struck By Lightening David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Subdivision David: 2 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Suburban Mayhem David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Sum of Us, The David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Summer Coda David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Sweet Talker David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Sweetie : The Classic no rating

Swimming Upstream David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4  stars

Take Away David: 1 star – Margaret: 0.5 star

The Tall Man David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Teesh and Trude David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Ten Canoes David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Ten Empty David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

The Tender Hook David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Terra Nova David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Thank God He Met Lizzie David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Thirst : Web Only Review David: 4 stars

Three Blind Mice David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Three Dollars David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Thunderstruck David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Till Human Voices Wake Us David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Tom White David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Tomorrow When The War Began David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Toomelah David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Tracker David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Tracks David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Travelling Light David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

The Tree David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Triangle David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

True Love And Chaos David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Turning David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Turtle Beach David: 0.5 star – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Two Fists, One Heart David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Two Hands David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Umbrella Woman David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Undead David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Under The Radar David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Unfinished Sky David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Unfolding Florence David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Vacant Possession David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Valentine’s Day David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Van Diemen’s Land David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

View From Greenhaven, The David: 2 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Visitors David: 4 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Waiting  David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Waiting City David: 4 stars

Wake In Fright David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Walk The Talk David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Walkabout David: 4.5 stars

Walking on Water David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Wannabes David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

The War On Democracy David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Warm Nights on a Slow Moving Train David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Wasted On The Young David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Wedding Party David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Weekend With Kate David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Welcome To Woop Woop David: 3.5 stars

Well, The David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

West David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Whaledreamers David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

What I Have Written David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Whatever Happened To Brenda Hean David: 2 stars – Margaret: 4  stars

Wide Open Sky David: 3.5 stars

Wide Sargasso Sea David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Widower David: 2 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Wiggles Movie, The David: ? stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Willfull  David: ? stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Wish You Were Here David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Kings of Mykonos David: 2 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Wog Boy, The  no rating

Wolf Creek David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

X David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Yolngu Boy David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

You And Your Stupid Mate David: 0 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

You Can’t Stop The Murders David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Young Einstein David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Zone 39  no rating

Notes on the list

I compiled this list from the ABC At the Movies and SBS Movie Reviews websites, but had to search quite hard to find some of the entries, and didn’t manage to find some. Note also that the list above is not restricted to the Ozflick’s definition of an Australian film, including as it does Australian productions of non-Australian stories.

The ABC website is slightly easier to navigate: they have their reviews organised alphabetically and they have a good search engine. However you can only search for titles and the Oz films aren’t gathered or gatherable en masse, so you either search for a film you know, or browse the alphabetical list for titles you recognise.

The SBS website contains a greater number of reviews than the ABC, but is slightly harder to find your way around, as they don’t have a search engine solely for movies. I started by checking Movie by Reviewer for David and Margaret, which finds a lot of their reviews. However I found that there were many others on the SBS website which did not appear under David’s or Margaret’s lists. Other problems with the SBS reviews are: some review videos cut out before M&D announce their scores; some videos are missing from the movie page, some pages only have interviews without M&D’s reviews. Reviews of some quite high profile films during those years, such as Strictly Ballroom, Bliss, Crocodile Dundee and The Year My Voice Broke, are missing. (Although I could not find the review, it is clear that David gave The Year My Voice Broke 5 stars – David said he did in the review for Flirting.)

Margaret and David have continued to produce reviews separately since 2014, Margaret for Foxtel and David for The Australian (see also here), but I have not included those reviews here.

If you are able to help in finding any more of Margaret and David’s reviews together or their ratings for other Oz films, could you please contact me or leave a comment below?

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Jordan Dodd says:

    Wow! Massive post!

    Don’t you just miss At The Movies? I felt a part of me die when I read about that. At least Daviod is still contributing to film fests around the country.

    Oh, and g’day from Adelaide! Just found your site, I haven’t found many other Aussie sites so I think I’ll bookmark this 🙂 I try to focus on as many Aussie/NZ films as I can, though when they are romantic comedies I usually skip ’em 😉

    Random question: Have you seen One Eyed Girl

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    1. ozflicks says:

      Thanks Jordan for the like. I have a few other Oz movie sites that I like on my Links page. No I haven’t seen One-Eyed Girl – I’ve been in Europe for most of the last year, but hope to catch up on Oz films in the New Year.

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      1. Jordan Dodd says:

        Its out online I think, its on bluray I know that! Really great flick mate, its about a psychiatrist who ends up joining a cult. Good stuff!

        Like

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