Orlando Reviews

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 23, 2015
The good news about this historical vaudeville is that Orlando's consciousness, like his/her gender, is a delightful work-in-progress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 23, 2015
Unlike anything onscreen this month or this year, Orlando is serious, provocative and sometimes funny fare. Novelist Virginia Woolf might well be pleased.
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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune
March 23, 2015
What it lacks in coherence it makes up for in sheer spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 23, 2015
Though visually impressive and assured, it is the hollowest of successes, all chic set design, smug posturing and self-satisfied attitude.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 23, 2015
Reminiscent of the low-budget lushness of the early films of Peter Greenaway and Ken Russell, Orlando could turn out to be the art-house smash of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis King
Tulsa World
March 23, 2015
Writer-director Sally Potter's film, based on the classic Virginia Woolf novel, is a lyrical history lesson on the nature of sexual politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Prigge
Philadelphia Weekly
March 23, 2015
Credit where credit is due: Potter more or less successfully converted a crazy, overflowing tome into something simple and attractive.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 23, 2015
Potter possesses a natural gracefulness in presentation that helps a little but, finally, not nearly enough. Orlando is vague when she means it to be mysterious, coy when it ought to be witty, familiar when it should be bold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Roberts
Film4
March 23, 2015
Sumptuous and witty book-to-screen treatment for Virginia Woolf's novel, with graceful and ambitious direction by Sally Potter.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 23, 2015
See Orlando for its fabulous costumes, fascinating look at changing eras, and impressive performance by Tilda Swinton. Viewing this film for other reasons will almost certainly lead to a negative impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
March 23, 2015
It wanders from the frozen London of the 1600s to the battlefields of World War I and has fun all the way. You haven't seen anything like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 23, 2015
Compared with Potter's bold, beautiful, original, and witty first feature, The Gold Diggers, this is safe, crowd-flattering stuff, the Driving Miss Daisy of art pictures -- a film with practically no ideas at all, but lots of fancy trimmings.
Marcus Trower
Empire Magazine
March 20, 2015
What it perhaps lacks in content, the film more than makes up for in its stunning design and accesible, humorous approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
March 20, 2015
Written and directed by Sally Potter, Orlando takes a droll approach to subject matter usually attended by the utmost solemnity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

People Magazine
March 20, 2015
Sally Potter has made a beautiful, if decidedly wobbly, movie out of Virginia Woolfs novel about a 16th-century nobleman who evolves, across some 400 years, into a modern woman in her mid-30s. Swinton plays both male and female Orlando with cool humor.
Julian White
Starburst
March 20, 2015
It seems just as fresh, spry and quirky now as it did back then.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 20, 2015
Suffocatingly beautiful, Orlando is a precious trifle whose literary pedigree intimidated audiences into ignoring its sublime silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
March 20, 2015
Tilda Swinton's performance as Orlando in this adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel is luminous and thrilling, an omnisexual romp through 400 years of history.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
July 22, 2014
It is a time-tripping, gender-bending fantasia with a cunning feminist edge, featuring the strikingly androgynous Tilda Swinton in the title role.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
The movie deconstructs Woolf in a smug, didactic way, using her whimsical fantasy as the vehicle for a belabored satirical assault upon "the patriarchy."
Full Review | Original Score: C
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