• R, 2 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Classics
  • Directed By:
    Tinto Brass
    In Theaters:
    Jul 14, 1979 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 2, 2007
  • Analysis Releasing

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Caligula Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO ESSAY] If ever there was a filmic guide to pagan Roman debauchery - real or imagined - "Caligula" is it.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B

December 14, 2012
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Not so much the culmination of '70s porn-chic cinema as its purposefully degraded last hurrah

Full Review Source: CinePassion

November 16, 2009
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

More infamous for its widespread ineptitude than for its artistic innovation... [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 30, 2009
Clint Morris
Moviehole

A classic in the coolest sense of the word

| Original Score: 3/5

September 5, 2008

Film4

Sublimely ridiculous thesp-filled porno-togarama.

Full Review Source: Film4

April 10, 2008
Variety Staff
Variety
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Such established names as John Gielgud and Peter O'Toole will have to be seen to be believed.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 8, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Unpleasantly violent, often dull, and only intermittently sexy.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 8, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Caligula is sickening, utterly worthless, shameful trash. If it is not the worst film I have ever seen, that makes it all the more shameful: People with talent allowed themselves to participate in this travesty.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 0/4

December 8, 2007
Will Harris
Bullz-Eye.com

It ended up almost as infamous and notorious as its subject... and that's not a compliment.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 0/5

November 3, 2007
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

I suppose certain college fraternities could make screening it part of their hazing rituals.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: F

October 24, 2007
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Simply a curiosity, a laughable relic of a failed effort to bring explicit sex movies to the masses.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 43/100

October 23, 2007
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com

Despite the movie, the highlight of this three-disc set is the often hilarious commentary.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

October 22, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Excess for excess sake, or just bad taste: Caligula is a messy, bloody film that fails on any level, even as porn and camp.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: D-

October 15, 2007

Time Out
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All in all it's a dreary shambles.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Direção de arte e figurinos corretos; atuações intensas e uma direção corajosa. Pena que o roteiro pouco coeso comprometa estes esforços.

| Original Score: 2/5

March 28, 2005
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian

Caligula turns the Julian dynasty's most violent chapter into a sleazy snoozefest. Even the Penthouse Pets look pained to be decorating this historic bomb.

November 25, 2004
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

Kinda dumb and tacky, but at least it's a real movie.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 24, 2004
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

professes to be an honest depiction of ancient Roman excesses, but it succeeds only in being alternately boring and offensive

| Original Score: 1/4

September 15, 2002
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Caligula boasts a sort of notoriety known to few films. It was a lavish accident: the marriage of legitimate film and smut.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

April 3, 2002
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...the film is without any redeeming social value. It's bad history, bad filmmaking, and bad pornography, too.

| Original Score: 2/10

January 1, 2000
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