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The Tempest Reviews

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Grae Drake

Taymor excels at creating visuals that are so beautiful you want to hang every frame on your wall, but content-wise this film falls really flat.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

April 29, 2011
Mike Edwards
What Culture

As a re-imagining, particularly by a director so well renowned, The Tempest is depressingly pedestrian.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2/5

March 13, 2011
Anne Thompson
Thompson on Hollywood

[Mirren] is powerfully vibrant as a female Prospero: she commands the screen whenever she is on, which unfortunately is not all the time..interweaving of three disparate groups becomes disjointed and tiring, never comes together in a meaningful way.

Full Review Source: Thompson on Hollywood | Original Score: B-

December 13, 2010
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire

Shakespeare is spinning in his grave.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 1/5

March 23, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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These gifted actors sometimes seem to be saying the words as someone with a chain-saw cuts firewood in the next room.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 16, 2010

One is reminded of the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" joke about one of the robots staging "an all-furniture 'Hamlet'" -- it's the sort of switcheroo that smacks more of desperation than of creativity and redefinition.

Full Review Source: HitFix

December 9, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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A pretty frustrating adaptation of Shakespeare's play, one that dog-paddles around in ever-more-frenetic circles, searching for a way inside the material.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

December 16, 2010
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

The result is cacophonous.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 2, 2010
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)

While this had the potential to be a stirring cinematic experience, director Julie Taymor's trademark innovation and visual flair never soars.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

April 20, 2011
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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In contrast to Shakespeare's gift for weaving words into enchanted worlds, Taymor's Tempest leeches most of the magic out of his language...

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 1/5

December 9, 2010
Jim Vejvoda
IGN Movies

The Tempest is like a Shakespearean version of the 1980 Flash Gordon movie, with some zany Baz Luhrmann-esque touches thrown in. Unfortunately, it's not as good as that might make it sound.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 2 1/2 stars

December 13, 2010
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

"To go or not to go?" is not the question. "Why?" is the question.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

December 17, 2010
Sophie Ivan

Despite the best efforts of an impressive cast, Taymor's adaptation ends up a curious mix of arse-achingly dull, and clangingly misjudged.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 7, 2011
Robbie Collin
News of the World

Lost for a***holes.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 1/5

March 5, 2011
Matt Stevens
E! Online

This gender-switched Tempest lacks energy and thunder (not to mention quality CGI), and fizzles to a disappointing drizzle.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C+

December 10, 2010
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Taymor's visual pyrotechnics (used better in her 1999 Shakespeare adaptation "Titus") come across as forced, dampening any warmth in Shakespeare's final play.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 10, 2010
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Full of crazy spectacle and huge over-elaborate costumes that make look Mirren like a raven constructed out of obsidian shards, and it's all bent towards absolutely no coherent end.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 3/10

January 7, 2011
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

A noble stab at the Bard but ultimately an unsatisfactory film.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

March 7, 2011
Geoff Berkshire

No amount of gimmicky effects, splendid Hawaiian locations, bombastic music or high-caliber actors can distract from how consistently dull this Tempest is.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

December 9, 2010
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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With so much going for it, why does The Tempest become a mere storm in a teacup? The reasons are many.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

December 16, 2010
Aaron Cutler
Slant Magazine
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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 9, 2012
Lee Marshall
Screen International
April 22, 2011
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
January 22, 2013
Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
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January 12, 2011

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July 14, 2011
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