Just turned over to watch some of the Baz Luhrmann film Australia, which I knew would be ridiculous, but it exceeds my expectations.
What on earth was this director thinking? Everything about the film screams "fake": the awful acting of poor Nicole Kidman, the sets, the story, the stampede, and (somehow) he even makes the Australian outback look fake - it looks and sounds more like a (particularly bad) 1940's American Western. It's a film weird in concept and execution. Any Australian critic who liked it is not to be trusted.
And looking back at what some American critics said about its treatment of aborigines - I see exactly what they mean.