Caesar Must Die Reviews

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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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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 5, 2013
You can only guess what the lines mean to the inmates, who register as atmospheric blanks at best and brutal exotics at worst, even if the tale that they enact with such earnest vigor works because the original tragedy does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
February 5, 2013
Hardly a dish fit for the gods.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
June 7, 2012
Friends, Romans, Countrymen; Caesar Must Die is flawless, and must be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
February 8, 2013
The film gets on screen not only the play's bloody, double-dealing, hungry essence, but the redemptive potential of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 25, 2012
A clever meta-narrative achievement that boasts winningly naturalistic performances from the real inmates and doesn't outstay its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
February 10, 2013
In just 76 minutes, the Taviani brothers treat us to a deeply affecting adaptation of this ancient play, embedded with even deeper meaning on account of its unconventional stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
June 11, 2012
Shakespeare's tragedy gains extra piquancy in a Roman prison.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
Gail Tolley
The List
October 22, 2012
The 'play-within-the-film' concept keeps the audience held slightly at arms length, but in many of the more intense scenes it's hard not to be sucked in, at least until the real world interrupts again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 21, 2013
What works best is what's readily accessible, the startling power of performers who understand the drama all too well.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
February 4, 2013
A gimmick film that begins to feel like a whole, natural piece.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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January 31, 2013
The Taviani brothers, Paolo and Vittorio, have been blurring the line between reality and fiction in their films for six decades.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 1, 2012
The movie's predominant black-and-white palette pares the action to its starkest outlines, and a few color sequences reconnect the prison, and the prisoners, to the surrounding world.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 12, 2013
If you're looking for an adventurous thought-provoking film, "Caesar Must Die" more than fits the bill.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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