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The Tempest Reviews

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Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine

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 Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 28, 2013

Empire Magazine

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2013
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3/5

September 28, 2011
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 20, 2011
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

The film has plenty of detractors who see Taymor's approach as strained and overwrought, but Mirren finds some grace notes that no Prospero could ever have sounded.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4/5

April 20, 2011
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[M]essy but thrilling... [B]rings a new perspective on the play, and a new appreciation for it, which is the best we can ask for the umpteenth adaptation of a centuries-old work...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

March 7, 2011
Philip French
Guardian

The special effects are intrusive and anything but magical and the text is rather curiously edited. But it's worth seeing for Mirren.

Full Review Source: Guardian

March 7, 2011
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

Mirren is a powerful presence: maybe gender-bending Shakespeare is the only way to give Mirren the movie roles she deserves.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

March 4, 2011
Martyn Conterio
Little White Lies

An inspired, but sometimes irksome take on 400 year old material.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

March 3, 2011
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times

Certainly good enough to leave us once more astonished by Shakespeare's invention, yet it ultimately lacks the interpretative authority that might have made it something special.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 3, 2011
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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You expect Nicolas Cage to pop up from behind a sand dune on a Harley brandishing a rocket launcher.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

March 2, 2011
Neil Smith
Total Film

It's left to the actors to lend gravitas and depth, with varying levels of success.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

February 23, 2011
David Denby
New Yorker
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Taymor, by turning Prospero into a woman while retaining an "imperialist" view of Caliban, will no doubt simultaneously please and enrage left-wing critics. The rest of us can enjoy the movie's strengths...

Full Review Source: New Yorker

December 27, 2010
Lawson Taitte
Dallas Morning News
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Julie Taymor's The Tempest adapts Shakespeare to the screen with boldness and imagination. Bard buffs are likely to love it, despite the liberties it takes.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 16, 2010
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

Although there is some gimmickry, this is one of the most straightforward versions of the "Tempest" ever filmed, making it edifying as well as -- when Taymor hits a groove -- dazzling.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

December 16, 2010
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A movie that veers from ethereal beauty (its closing credit sequence, as a book of magic softly drowns in a dark sea, is a stunner) to mystifying cheesiness.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 16, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Overall, even if it doesn't completely mesh, there's still much to like in this TEMPEST.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 14, 2010
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Although it falls off precipitously, it's better to have Julie Taymor's The Tempest than not: The first half-hour is nearly as unfettered as Shakespeare's language.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

December 13, 2010
John Coulbourn
Jam! Movies

What Taymor, Mirren et al have given us is not exactly a Tempest for the ages. But in the balance struck between talent, traditional casting, technology and the tale at hand, it manages to stand firmly on its own two feet as a Tempest for today.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 10, 2010
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com

The words still provide the most magic.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 2/4

December 9, 2010
Aaron Cutler
Slant Magazine
January 22, 2013
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
January 22, 2013
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 9, 2012

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Lee Marshall
Screen International
April 22, 2011
Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
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January 12, 2011
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