What Margaret and David say about 500 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 1986, and that reviews of some major films made in or after 1986 (including Crocodile Dundee, Strictly Ballroom 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 21 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, Sirens, 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 seven 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 500 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. [Update: As of sometime in 2017, the ABC website removed their At The Movies archive, and the links below for movies released between 2004 and 2014, no longer function. To read/see the ABC reviews, copy the link and paste it in the Wayback Machine Internet Archive.]

$9.99 (2008) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

100 Bloody Acres (2012) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

2:37 (2006) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

4 David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

48 Shades (2008) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

52 Tuesdays (2013) 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 (2009) David: 2 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Acolytes  (2008) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Adam David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Adoration (2013) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, The  (1994) David: 4 stars

Alexandra’s Project  (2003) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

All Men Are Liars  (1994) David: 3.5 stars

All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane (2007) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

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

Amy  (1998) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Angel Baby (1995) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Angst (2000) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Animal Kingdom  (2010) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Animated (Documentary 1989) Review (‘good’) without rating

Any Questions For Ben?  (2012) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Around the World in Eighty Ways (1988) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

As Time Goes By (1988) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

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

Australia  (2008) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Australia Daze (Documentary 1988)  David: 5 stars – Margaret: 5 stars

Australian Rules (2002) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Aya  (1991) David: 2 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Babe (1995) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Babe: Pig in the City (1998) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Back of Beyond (1995) David: 1.5 stars – Margaret: 1.5 stars

Backlash (1986) (Review with no rating)

Backstage (1988) David: 1 star

Bad Boy Bubby (1994) David: 5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Bad Eggs (2003) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Bait  (2012) David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Balibo (2009) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Bank (2001) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Bastardy David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Beautiful  (2009) David: 2 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Beautiful Kate (2009) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

beDevil  (1993) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Belinda (1988) David: 4 stars – Paul Byrnes 3

Beneath Clouds (2002) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Beneath Hill 60 (2010) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Better Than Sex (2000) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Beware of Greeks Bearing Guns (2000) David: 2.5 stars

Big Steal, The (1990) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Billy’s Holiday (1994) David: 2 stars

Black & White & Sex (2012) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Black And White (2002) David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Black Balloon, The (2008) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Black Robe (1992) Margaret: 4.5 stars – Basia: 4 stars

Black Water (2007) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Blackfellas  (1993) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Blackrock (1997) David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Blame (2010) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Blessed (2009) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Blind Company (2009) David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Blinder (2013) David: 1.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Blood Oath (1990) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Blurred (2002) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Bondi Tsunami  (2004) no rating

Book of Revelation, The (2006) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4  stars

Bootmen (2000) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Boulevard of Broken Dreams (1988) David:  1 star – Margaret: 3 stars

Boys, The (1997) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Boys Are Back, The (2009) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4  stars

BoyTown (2006) David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Bra Boys David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Bran Nue Dae (2009) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Bread and Roses (1993) Margaret: 4.5 stars

Breaking Loose  (1988) Review (‘not very good’) but no rating

Breathing Under Water (1992)  Review without rating

Brilliant Lies (1996) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Broken Highway (1993) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Bullseye (1989) David’s Review (‘good’) but no rating

Burke and Wills (2006 not 1985) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Burning Man (2011) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Cactus (1986) Review but no rating

Cactus  (2008 ) David: 2 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Candy (2006) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Candy Regentag (1989) David: 3.5 stars – Basia Bonkowski 3 stars

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

Canopy David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Cappuccino (1989) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Careless Love (2012) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

The Castanets Club (1990) Review but no rating

Castle, The (1997) David: 1.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Caterpillar Wish (2006) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Cedar Boys (2009) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Celia (1989) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Charlie & Boots (2009) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Charlie’s Country (2013) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Children Of The Revolution (1997) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Chopper (2000) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Closed For Winter (2009) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Clubland (2007) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Coffin Rock (2009) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

The Combination (2009) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Cosi  (1996) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

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

Country Life  1994) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Crackerjack (2002) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Crackers (1998) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Craic, The (1999) David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Crocodile Dundee (1986) Review not found

Crocodile Dundee II (1988) Margaret’s review but no rating

Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles (2001) David: 2 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Crooked Business David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

The Crop (2004) David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 1.5 stars

The Crossing (1990) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Cunnamulla David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

The Cup (1999) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

The Custodian (1993) David: 3 stars

Cut (2000) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Dad and Dave: On Our Selection (1995) David: 4 stars

Dags (1998) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Daisy and Simon (1989) David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Dance Me To My Song (1998) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Danny Deckchair (2003) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Dark City (1998) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

The Darkside David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Dating The Enemy (1996) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

The Day Neil Armstrong Walked on the Moon (1999) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Daybreakers (2009) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Dead Calm (1989) (ABC)  Review but no rating

Dead Calm  (1989) Margaret: 4.5 stars – Sandra Hall: 4.5 stars

Dead Europe (2012) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Dead Heart 1996) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Dead Letter Office (1998) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Dear Claudia (1999) David: 1 star – Margaret: 3 stars

Dear Frankie David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Death Defying Acts (2007) David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Death in Brunswick (1991) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

December Boys (2007) David: 2 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Diana & Me (1997) David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky (2002) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Dirty Deeds (2002) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Dish, The (2000) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Doing Time for Patsy Cline (1997) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Dr Plonk (2007) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Dreams for Life (2005) David: 3.5 stars

Drift (2013) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Dust off the Wings (1997) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Dying Breed (2008) David: 1.5 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Echoes of Paradise  (1988) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Em 4 Jay (2008) David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Emerald City (1988) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Envy (1999) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Epsilon (1997) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Erskineville Kings (1999) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Everynight … Everynight (1994) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Evil Angels (1988) David: 5 stars – Margaret: 5 stars

Extra, The (2005) David: 1.5 stars – Margaret: 1 star

The Eye Of The Storm (2011) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Face to Face (2010) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Fallout David: 3.5 stars

Fat Pizza (2003) David: 2 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Feeling Sexy (1999) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Felony (2013) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Final Winter (2007) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Finding Joy (2002) David: 2 stars

Finished People, The (2003) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Fistful of Flies (1996) David: 1 star – Margaret: 1.5 stars

Flirting  (1991) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 5 stars

Footy Legends (2006) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Forbidden Lies David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Four of a Kind (2008) Margaret: 3.5 stars

Frauds (1993) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Fresh Air (1999) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Fringe Dwellers, The (1986) David: 5 stars

Gallipoli : The Classic  (1981) Review but no rating

Galore (2013) David: 2 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Garage Days (2002) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Georgia (1989) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Gettin’ Square (2003) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Ghost Ship  (2002) David: 0.5 star

Ghosts Of The Civil Dead (1989) 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 (2013) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Goddess Of 1967 (2000) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Golden Braid (1991) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Gone (2007) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

The Good Woman of Bangkok (Documentary 1992) Review but no rating

Greenkeeping (1993) David: 2 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Grievous Bodily Harm (1988) David: 5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Griff The Invisible (2010) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Gross Misconduct (1993) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Hail (2011) David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Happy Feet (2006) David: 5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Hard Word, The (2002) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Hating Alison Ashley (2005) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

He Died With A Felafel In His Hand (2001) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Head On (1998) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Heartbreak Kid, The (1993) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Heaven Tonight (1990) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Heaven’s Burning (1997) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Hercules Returns (1993) David: 3.5 stars

Here I Am (2011) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger (2008) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

High Tide (1987 Interview)  no rating

Holy Smoke (1999) David: 5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

The Home Song Stories (2007) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Honourable Wally Norman, The (2003) David: 2 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Hope (2004) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

The Horseman (2008) David: 1.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Horseplay (2003) David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Hotel De Love (1996) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Hotel Sorrento (1995) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Human Touch (2004) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Hunt Angels (2006) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

The Hunter (2011) 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

Incident at Raven’s Gate (1989) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

The Independent David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

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

The Inside Story David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

The Interview David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Irresistible David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Island  David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3 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

Jilted (Review without rating)

Jindabyne David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Kangaroo Jack David: 1 star

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

Kokoda Crescent  (1988) Review but no rating

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

Lover Boy  (Review without rating)

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

Luigi’s Ladies (1989) David: 1 star – Margaret: 1 star

Lust and Revenge David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Macbeth David: 2 stars – Margaret: 1 star

Mad Bastards David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Mad Bomber in Love David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Magic Pudding, The David: 2 stars

The Magician David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Malcolm (1986) Review but no rating

Mallboy David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Man From Snowy River 2, The   Review but 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

Metal Skin Margaret: 3 stars

Minnamurra  (1989) David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

The Missing David: 2 stars – Margaret: 2.5 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

The More Things Change (1986) Review with no rating

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

Mushrooms  (1995)  David: 3.5 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

No Worries (1993) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 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

On My Own (1993) David: 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  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

Parklands  Margaret: 3.5 stars

Passion David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 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

Pitch Black David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

The Place at the Coast (1987) David: 2 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

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

Police Rescue (1994) David: 0 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

The Pursuit of Happiness (1988) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

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

Quigley (aka Quigley Down Under 1990) David: 2 stars – Margaret: 3 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

Raw Nerve David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

Razzle Dazzle David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Reckless Kelly David: 2 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Redball  David: 3.5 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

Salute of the Jugger (1989) David: 1.5 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

Say a Little Prayer Margaret: 3 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 Review (‘very good’) but no rating

Shine David: 5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

Short Changed Review without rating

Shotgun Wedding (1994) David: 2.5 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

Sirens (1994) David: 4.5 stars – Margaret: 4.5 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

Sons of Steel (1989)  David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3 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 Lightning David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Subdivision David: 2 stars – Margaret: 2 stars

Suburban Mayhem David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4.5 stars

The Sugar Factory  David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

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

Summer Coda David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

The Surfer (1988) David: 3 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Sweet Talker David: 4 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Sweetie : The Classic no rating

Swim Fan David: 1.5 stars – Margaret: 2.5 stars

Swimming Upstream David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4  stars

Take Away David: 1 star – Margaret: 0.5 star

The Tale of Ruby Rose David: 3 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Talk (1995)  David: 3 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

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

That Eye, The Sky David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 4 stars

Thirst : Web Only Review David: 4 stars

This Won’t Hurt a Bit David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 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

Traps (1994) David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Travelling Light David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

The Tree David: 3.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 stars

Tremors (1989) David: 3.5 star

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

Turning April  David: 1 star – Margaret: 3 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 Lighthouse Dancing David: 2.5 stars – Margaret: 2.5 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

Until the End of the World  (1992) David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3 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

Video Fool for Love David: 4 stars – Margaret: 3 stars

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

Vincent (1987) David: 3.5 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

Wendy Cracked A Walnut David: 1 star – Margaret: 2.5 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

Wind (1993)  David: 1.5 stars – Margaret: 3.5 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

The Wonderful World of Dogs (Documentary 1990)  Review but no rating

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?

PS. By August 2017, through more careful searching, and using the great Australian film lists at Australasian Cinema, I managed to increase the number of reviews on the list by over 100, to 530, though I was still unable to find the reviews or scores for Strictly Ballroom and The Year My Voice Broke. 

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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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