Orlando Reviews

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Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
The absurdity of the story bothered me. Not the fantasy premise of the deathless person moving through the ages or even the changing of sex, but for the idea that Orlando could have lived so long and apparently remained so vapid and lacking in insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 0 out of -4..+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.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
May 14, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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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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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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
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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.

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
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.
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
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
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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
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.
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
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 16, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This is the kind of movie you want to talk about afterward.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 18, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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