The Tempest (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Tempest (2010)



Critic Consensus: Director Julie Taymor's gender-swapping of roles and some frenzied special effects can't quite disguise an otherwise stagey, uninspired take on Shakespeare's classic.

Movie Info

The sorceress Prospera's journey spirals through vengeance to forgiveness as she reigns over a magical island, cares for her young daughter, Miranda, and unleashes her powers against shipwrecked enemies in this exciting, masterly mix of romance, tragicomedy and the supernatural.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some nudity, suggestive content and scary images)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Julie Taymor
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 20, 2011
Box Office: $0.3M
Touchstone Pictures/Miramax Films - Official Site


Helen Mirren
as Prospera
Reeve Carney
as Prince Ferdinand
David Strathairn
as King Alonso
Alan Cumming
as Sebastian
Chris Cooper
as Antonio
Tom Conti
as Gonzalo
Alfred Molina
as Stephano
Russell Brand
as Trinculo
Jude Akuwudike
as Boatswain
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News & Interviews for The Tempest

Critic Reviews for The Tempest

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (31)

You expect Nicolas Cage to pop up from behind a sand dune on a Harley brandishing a rocket launcher.

Full Review… | March 2, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Julie Taymor has a theatre director's idea of how movies work. That's not a compliment.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Dispensing with tableau compositions, this adaptation feels liberated from static theatrical and, to a lesser degree, cinematic convention by the overall openness of its staging and camerawork that's somewhere between handheld and Steadicam.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

There are two reasons to watch The Tempest: if you're a fan of Shakespeare, or a fan of Helen Mirren.

Full Review… | December 29, 2011
Movie Metropolis

Hundreds of years ago, Shakespeare would have never imagined this story could look like Taymor's vision.

Full Review… | September 28, 2011
7M Pictures

Taymor tries a little too hard, neither breaking nor broken by the play, but ultimately losing the wrestling match. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | September 20, 2011
Groucho Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Tempest

This one is hard to keep up with because of languaged used, old english. Has a good plot. 3 stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Apparently very well made. Apparently very wonderful actors. Apparently Shakespeare was a genius. Apparently I just don't understand it....and I tried for an hour. I was lost....

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Cast: Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones, Reeve Carney, Alfred Molina, Russell Brand, Djimon Hounsou, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Tom Conti, David Strathairn, Ben Whishaw

Director: Julie Taymor

Summary: After years stranded on a deserted island, exiled duchess and sorceress Prospera (Helen Mirren) exacts vengeance on her enemies, whose passing vessel she has shipwrecked. What she doesn't know is that the ship also carries a potential suitor to her daughter (Felicity Jones).

My Thoughts: "I hadn't heard of the film, seen a trailer, or read anything about it. But I seen Helen Mirren's name attached to it so I of course picked it up. Now not doing any of above and then seeing it was a WTF kind of moment for me. As I went back and forth from thinking bout turning it off or keep watching, I of course went with keep watching it. The longer I watched the more fascinated I became by this unconventional film. It's funny, entertaining, and it captivates you whether you want it to or not and draws you in. Not a film all will like, but it's sure one you can't help but watch."


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