Orlando Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 27, 2010
It's very specifically planned, and defiantly oddball.
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
August 17, 2010
Potter recreates four centuries of British cultural history in painterly images and austerely constructed settings...
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Dan Kois
Slate
July 27, 2010
A silly and serious work of art that isn't afraid to entertain.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 21, 2010
Swinton's androgynous affect has rarely been better exploited: It's a kick to see her transition among Orlando's numerous identities, whether wooing a Russian princess or submitting to the charms of the horseback-riding Shelmerdine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
July 20, 2010
Eighteen years after its initial theatrical release, "Orlando" returns to theaters with all of its original allure intact, and then some.
Matthew Connolly
Slant Magazine
July 19, 2010
Rarely have source material, director, and leading actress been more in alignment than in Orlando, the 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel, directed by Sally Potter and starring Tilda Swinton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 10, 2010
Warmer color and sound enhance this new release print, but the film's wry humor, action fantasy, and a literary leaning may make for tough sledding with today's viewers.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 13, 2009
I would imagine such a bizarre film would appeal mainly to those with a discriminating taste.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Stratton
Variety
March 26, 2009
Orlando provides exciting, wonderfully witty entertainment with glorious settings and costumes and Tilda Swinton's sock performance in the title role.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 23, 2007
Tilda Swinton is perfectly cast in Sally Potter's lavish, daring, and inventive adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's a critical work -- in the sense that it comments wryly on such things as representations of English history, sexuality/androgyny and class -- but made in the spirit of a love poem to both Woolf and the England that made us.
Leonard Klady
Movie City News
July 18, 2003
3.5
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 12, 2003
A visually stunning screen adaptation of Virginia Woolf's 1928 novel.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
This ravishing and witty spectacle invades the mind through eyes that are dazzled without ever being anesthetized.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 26, 2002
A daring, daunting, playful work of some considerable intellectual force that just misses greatness owing to a lack of emotional weight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 12, 2002
Tilda Swinton gets metrosexual in Sally Potter's surreal and unique costume drama.
| Original Score: 3/5
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
February 13, 2001
Orlando offers no amends nor explanations for its quirkiness and purposeful ambiguity, and so I quit on it somewhere during the course of 1750.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Orlando would be unimaginable without Swinton in the title role. Her radiant, androgynous beauty makes every scene look like an Old Master portrait, and her charismatic character is touched with grace, gravity and a nimble humor.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Sly and sumptuous.
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
It's a difficult film to describe or even analyze, and that is exactly the pleasure behind the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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