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Pandaemonium (2000)

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43

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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The troubled friendship and occasional rivalry between two of England's greatest poets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, is explored in an unorthodox light in this historical drama from renegade director Julian Temple. As Coleridge (Linus Roache), Wordsworth (John Hannah), and Lord Byron (Guy Lankester) await the news of who will be Great Britain's new poet laureate in 1816, Coleridge finds himself thinking back to 1795, when he and Wordsworth were two struggling writers involved

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Drama

Frank Cottrell Boyce

Feb 12, 2002

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Goes a long way toward capturing the compelling delirium of opium among a crowd of freethinking British iconoclasts.

July 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Literate and handsome.

July 13, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Historically and dramatically dubious.

July 13, 2001
New York Post
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A harebrained, awkward, and dramatically muddled historical pageant.

July 12, 2001
Mr. Showbiz
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The exposition is thick, the characterization choppy, the wigs terrible.

July 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The appeal will ... be restricted to art house audiences who don't mind people messing with their literary history.

July 2, 2001
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It's probably somewhat ironic that 'Pandaemonium' would have been far more appealing if its central characters were hoi-polloi poetic wannabes.

February 13, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

A watchable but silly biopic melodrama about the relationship between fellow romantic poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Linus Roache) and William Wordsworth (John Hannah)...

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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if one is to judge "Pandaemonium" on its own merits as a work of fiction, for the most part it succeeds.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Baseline.Hollywood.com
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Successfully gets to the heart of the obsessions that drive great writers -- and will have you dusting down your old school copy of the 'Lyrical Ballads'!

September 17, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

Well-intentioned and at the same time sadly indulgent as [Temple] modifies history to suit the MTV generation.

July 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

As a paean to the power of imagination, Pandaemonium is an impressive work.

July 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

As a visual counterpart to some of the most sublime verse ever written, it's often thrilling.

July 13, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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You Should Pay Nine Bucks to See This If: You liked Velvet Goldmine or Lisztomania.

June 29, 2001 Full Review Source: IFilm
IFilm

The tale has no rhyme or reason.

June 29, 2001 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

A sensationally dreamy manifesto.

June 28, 2001
New Times

Buried in the mess is a modest, thoughtful film.

June 27, 2001 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

A vivid movie about Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, our contemporaries.

June 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

The acting leads do well, especially Roache.

June 27, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Pandaemonium

A fanciful and atmospheric fantasy based loosely on the lives of Coleridge and Wordsworth - there's more than a hint of Schafer's Amadeus in this tale of tortured artists and jealousy. Great cast, beautifully shot and poetry of a kind both new and old as the script dovetails effortlessly with some of England's greatest romantic verse.
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