Caesar Must Die Reviews

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
January 23, 2014
A double hybrid that occupies a space somewhere between documentary and fiction right along the border of cinema and theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
It is almost an impertinence to think that we understand the thoughts of these actors and those in the audience who are relatives and friends. But this is the intriguing privilege that the Taviani brothers have given us.
Jay Stone
Canada.com
June 6, 2013
A clever if sometimes mystifying, combination of documentary, invention and post-modernism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 9, 2013
A film somewhere between documentary and neo-realist drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 5, 2013
Destined to lose years in prison, the actors seem to take pride -- and solace -- in their association with something as seemingly immortal as Shakespeare's words.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
March 27, 2013
As they find issues and themes they can relate to, the action is never remotely static despite the frequent nature of the close-ups and the plastic sword.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
March 21, 2013
The problem with the film, which somewhat inexplicably won the Golden Bear at Berlin last year, is that it scarcely transcends the basic novelty of its premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 14, 2013
There's barely a wasted moment in the film, which runs a brisk 76 minutes and contains no female roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 8, 2013
There's an intensity and emotional accuracy to the performances that's just stunning, particularly Striano's Brutus, as he longs for death and release.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 3, 2013
Profoundly moving.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
March 1, 2013
The juxtaposition of Shakespearean text and prison cell life is a particularly poignant one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
March 1, 2013
It is difficult to understand exactly where documentary ends and fiction begins, but the finale, again in colour, of the triumphant first night of the production can't fail to move.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 28, 2013
It's never anything less than interesting, though I felt it didn't quite fulfil its potential, and the repetition of material at the beginning and end is disconcerting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 28, 2013
It is uncanny how Italy's film-makers keep failing to nail, or effectively to satirise, their country's strident political shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies
February 28, 2013
Deeply felt melancholy lingers long after the credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Buckle
The Skinny
February 27, 2013
Delivers a compelling and considered take on immemorial themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 26, 2013
It's an arresting, playful and moving film ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
February 25, 2013
[It] has plenty of wit and punch, although compared to the best of the medium - Man On Wire, for instance - it sometimes comes off as guileless and clunky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 22, 2013
Prison theatricals are nothing new in the movies, but Caesar Must Die, a quasi-documentary featuring hardened convicts acting out Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, is in a class by itself.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 21, 2013
Ranks among the most involving adaptations of Shakespeare ever put on screen ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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