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Caesar Must Die Reviews

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

A double hybrid that occupies a space somewhere between documentary and fiction right along the border of cinema and theater.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

January 23, 2014
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 17, 2013
Jay Stone
Canada.com

A clever if sometimes mystifying, combination of documentary, invention and post-modernism.

Full Review Source: Canada.com | Original Score: 3/5

June 6, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A film somewhere between documentary and neo-realist drama.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 9, 2013
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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 Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 5, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

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 Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 4/5

March 27, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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There's barely a wasted moment in the film, which runs a brisk 76 minutes and contains no female roles.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

March 14, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: A-

March 8, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Profoundly moving.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

March 3, 2013
Tara Brady
Irish Times

The juxtaposition of Shakespearean text and prison cell life is a particularly poignant one.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 1, 2013
Derek Malcolm
This is London

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 Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

March 1, 2013
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

February 28, 2013
Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies

Deeply felt melancholy lingers long after the credits roll.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

February 28, 2013
Chris Buckle
The Skinny

Delivers a compelling and considered take on immemorial themes.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

February 27, 2013
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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It's an arresting, playful and moving film ...

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

February 26, 2013
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine

[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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

February 25, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A-

February 22, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Ranks among the most involving adaptations of Shakespeare ever put on screen ...

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 21, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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What works best is what's readily accessible, the startling power of performers who understand the drama all too well.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 21, 2013
Tom Dawson
Total Film

[An] inventive, urgent and humane prison drama, in which real-life Mafia and Camorra prisoners act in a version of Julius Caesar.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

February 18, 2013
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