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‘Kidman Can’t Act’ – Brits Slam Luhrmann’s Australia

  • December 13th, 2008
  • Posted by Amelia Birnie

The lavish London premiere of Australia, attended by Nicole Kidman and her co-star Hugh Jackman, was another chance to win hearts and minds, but an early review has slammed the movie and actor Kidman herself.

Nick Curtis from London’s Evening Standard fired the first shot, condemning Kidman’s English aristocrat Lady Sarah Ashley as “a showcase for her worst acting tics”.

“Kidman’s ‘Barbie-perfect’ bosom, bottom and ironing-board hips does nothing for me. She has a curiously sexless screen presence”, Curtis fumed.

Mr Curtis is referring to the same actress who, he said, gave London a dose of “pure theatrical Viagra” when she appeared in the buff in The Blue Room in 1998.

However, his bitter attack this time is littlke compared to a frothing column by Melanie Reid from The Times.

She wrote that Kidman is “exquisitely accomplished at being awful” and that “women do not like her because she cannot act and looks frozen, brittle and vapid”.

Despite these British critics’ theses, Nicole Kidman has been nominated for four London Critics Circle Film awards, including two wins (Moulin Rouge! in 2002 and To Die For in 1995).

She has also won an Oscar for her role in The Hours (2002).

Reference:, British critic Melanie Reid savages Nicole Kidman over ‘Australia’, 21.11.08.

Sydney Morning Herald, “Knives out for Kidman as British critics smell blood”, 13.12.08.

Internet Movie Database, Nicole Kidman – Awards,, (14.12.08).