'Tomorrow, When the War Began' Critic Reviews

79%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
64%
Rotten Tomatoes:   62 reviews
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    Despite some effective moments, the film doesn't begin to compare with Milius's highly sophisticated rightwing movie that gives the Soviet and Cuban invaders their due.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Cath Clarke Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    This has a stand-out, star-making performance from Neighbours' Caitlin Stasey - if only she didn't always emerge from battle looking as if she'd just stepped out of a L'Oreal advert.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    Just fast-moving fun, enough so to gloss over its shortcomings.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Leslie Felperin Variety (Top Critic)
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  • Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Megan Lehmann Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Australia may finally have a homegrown blockbuster on its hands with the terrifically engaging Tomorrow, When the War Began, an action-packed war film for and about teenagers.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    86
    ...despite the R-rating, this isn't really a movie for grown-ups, Tomorrow When the War Began can't be completely dismissed as a teen movie either. It's a curious thing, with sleek, fluid action set pieces and moments that approach - then bungle - grace.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Drew Taylor The Playlist
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dustin Putman DustinPutman.com
    63
    Quite a crafty genre mash-up that deserves to find an audience.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mike McGranaghan Aisle Seat
    75
    This is a movie that packs in a lot of very cool action while still addressing its themes intelligently. It's one to seek out.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Gibron Filmcritic.com
    80
    a nice combination of high school angst and blockbuster action
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Burl Burlingame Honolulu Star-Advertiser
    38
    "Tomorrow" is less realistic than "Red Dawn," if you can wrap your head around that without making it pop off.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeff Shannon Seattle Times
    50
    You know the drill: A small group of unsuspecting adventurers wanders into danger, and not all of them will get out alive.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    42
    Undeniably entertaining, but also profoundly silly, making Red Dawn look like a documentary by comparison.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Calum Marsh Slant Magazine
    13
    So full of stock types and cliches it makes The Breakfast Club look like Nashville.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    59
    A resistance-combatant-primer disguised as a teen-exploitation flick, "Tomorrow When the War Began" delights in guilty pleasures.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lee Marshall Screen International
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  • Jason Best Movie Talk
    60
    Despite the far-fetched set-up (and the often clunky dialogue and acting), you'll soon be rooting for the plucky teens.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Simon Reynolds Digital Spy
    80
    The door is tantalisingly left open for a sequel, and if it's as enjoyable as this then it won't be an unwelcome one.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James O'Ehley Sci-Fi Movie Page
    American audiences might prefer to see their own country being invaded by Asiatic hordes on the big screen, but Tomorrow, When the War Began is as glossy and slick as any Hollywood production . . .
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Alistair Harkness Scotsman
    20
    This is cringe-worthy commercial cinema of the worst kind.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mike Edwards Obsessed With Film
    30
    Headline 'serious teen issues' are crammed down our throats in the most inane and unbelievable way imaginable.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mike Edwards What Culture
    30
    Headline 'serious teen issues' are crammed down our throats in the most inane and unbelievable way imaginable.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Derek Malcolm This is London
    40
    Despite some decent acting, the teenagers seem more cardboard than flesh and blood.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Edwards Daily Mirror [UK]
    80
    Well worth catching due to believable characters, some great action scenes and a looming sense of threat.
    Full Review » 4 years ago