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Coriolanus Reviews

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Coriolanus" is a triumph.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 4/4

March 30, 2012
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Slathered in blood, covered with scars and glowering with a predator's gaze, Ralph Fiennes makes a fierce and impressive Caius Martius Coriolanus.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 23, 2012
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

The blend of modern and Elizabethan is what works

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 22, 2012
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

In his directorial debut, (Ralph) Fiennes is quite sharp, shooting the battle scenes as if the cinematographers were embedded with his troops and using television broadcasts as a way to advance the story.

Full Review Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) | Original Score: 4/4

March 15, 2012
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By combining selective fragments of the text with populist cultural references and by using visually bold cinematic and TV news techniques, "Coriolanus" director and star Ralph Fiennes has created a thinking person's action thriller.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

March 15, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

This modernisation actually works... for how well it grounds Shakespeare's drama in an easily understood modern-dress context.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

March 12, 2012
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

It may be 400 years since Shakespeare penned this work but the story feels just as relevant today with its exploration of war and politics.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: B

March 11, 2012
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Expertly balancing his performance between quiet regret, self-destructive arrogance and howling stubbornness, Fiennes takes center stage without making the role a vanity project.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B+

March 9, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's all very unnerving, modern and yet veins-in-the-teeth visceral.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

March 9, 2012
Tom Clift

[Coriolanus] makes some questionably antiquated statements about class, but nevertheless captivates.

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 3/5

March 8, 2012
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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As a portrait of modern warfare, politics and propaganda, "Coriolanus" is intriguing, even if the gritty action sequences don't quite measure up to the realism of "The Hurt Locker."

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

March 8, 2012
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Fiennes's adaptation is a reflection of spin, media influence in public debate, the cult of personality and the glorification of war.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 7, 2012
Simon Miraudo

Though I understand why they dare not tamper with Shakespeare's brilliant lines, it feels more and more like an unnatural gimmick when contrasted with the contemporary setting.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3/5

March 5, 2012

A portrait of the birth of a fascist leader, Shakespeare's play sets his will to power in direct opposition to the people of Rome and their right to rule themselves. In modernizing the setting, Fiennes only makes the comparison more relevant.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 8.5/10

March 4, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

This is a blood-and-gutsy adaptation of a bloody and gut-wrenching tragedy by Shakespeare.. Director and co-star Fiennes has chiseled the play into a contemporary setting, not unlike Baz Luhrmann did with Romeo + Juliet, and just about as inventively

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 3, 2012
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Immensely entertaining, Coriolanus is chock-full o' gore and the contemporary trappings of a man and a land divided, both from without and from within.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 3, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Ralph Fiennes turns one of Shakespeare's least-loved plays into a slashing, muscular but uneven modern drama in his film-directing debut.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 1, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Alternating between whispered regrets and outraged howls - again, seeming to suggest there are two people within him - Fiennes provides the film with a magnetic center.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

March 1, 2012
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

[though Ralph Fiennes] handles himself quite well behind the camera, he took on a perhaps too ambitious a project for the first time out the gate.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

February 17, 2012
James Verniere
Boston Herald

A Balkanized 'Hurt Locker,' Ralph Fiennes' 'Coriolanus' is a timely, aptly fierce, IED-rigged adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: A minus

February 17, 2012
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