Coriolanus Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013
Why Fiennes chose to use Shakespearean text is confusing, especially when he must have known that Coriolanus isn't the most recognisable of Shakespeare's plays.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A powerful and relevant Shakespeare adaptation that firecely brings the story to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013
Fiennes' blend of action and homage is top-notch, as is direction.... Fiennes created his own modern world for which it's easy to suspend disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
February 11, 2013
Coriolanus is Shakespeare done right; Ralph Fiennes takes a play about Roman war and hubris and turns it into a violently charismatic pic.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 8, 2013
The other actors do their best to help Fiennes define this curious anti-hero. Incapable of playing the role of peacetime compromiser, his Coriolanus comes across as a warrior who simply can't function without a war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 8, 2013
As good as all the men are, it's Vanessa Redgrave who steals the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 8, 2013
The film has fifth-act problems, as did the play, but Fiennes' bleak overview should leave receptive viewers feeling daunted and haunted.
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
January 8, 2013
The play's inherent difficulties notwithstanding, Coriolanus, the movie, is a perfectly sound achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 8, 2013
Fiennes leads a cast that, at least in the major roles, is uniformly powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 24, 2012
If this is how Fiennes rolls behind the camera, our next great director has raised his fist to the skies.
Full Review | Original Score: A
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
August 22, 2012
Should shut up the whining voices of Philistines who openly wonder why Shakespeare still matters.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
David Jays
Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Fiennes creates a pitiless world without refuge, where neither the soft nor the unbending can survive.
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
May 29, 2012
Coriolanus plays a bit flat at times, but it's a challenging, and even exciting, piece of cinema that's sure to inspire much love from Shakespeare enthusiasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 22, 2012
The elite team of commandos charges through the bombed-out cityscape, pausing only to hurl grenades or pick off snipers leaning out of windows. Now this is what I call Shakespeare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
May 4, 2012
I wouldn't say there's something rotten in the state of Denmark, but this modernistic retelling of one of Shakespeare's lesser-known plays just isn't that good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2012
There something like poetry in this film,some truth that cannot be apprehended by staring hard at the screen, but drifts softly as a dandelion spore through the burned-out ruins of some sacked and dusty "Rome."
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 27, 2012
Ralph Fiennes plays Coriolanus in all his spitting, spouting, grandiose glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
April 25, 2012
A casualty of sloppy, chaotic staging, poor editing, dead-ended plotting and way too many instances of overacting, Coriolanus is two hours full of what the bard on a better day might have called "sound and fury signifying nothing."
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
April 18, 2012
The great actors, from Welles onward, want the popular audience to see what they see in Shakespeare -- that he still matters, that he still moves, thrills and teaches. With "Coriolanus," Fiennes brilliantly takes his place in their ranks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
March 30, 2012
...a film that will please not only those who already love Shakespeare, but also fans of action movies...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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