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Titanic (1997)

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88

Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 178
Fresh: 157 | Rotten: 21

A mostly unqualified triumph for James Cameron, who offers a dizzying blend of spectacular visuals and old-fashioned melodrama.

82

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 51
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 9

A mostly unqualified triumph for James Cameron, who offers a dizzying blend of spectacular visuals and old-fashioned melodrama.

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This spectacular epic re-creates the ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line's $7.5 million R.M.S Titanic and the tragic sea disaster of April 15, 1912. Running over three hours and made with the combined contributions of two major studios (20th Century-Fox, Paramount) at a cost of more than $200 million, Titanic ranked as the most expensive film in Hollywood history at the time of its release, and became the most successful. Writer-director James Cameron employed state-of-the-art digital

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Documentary, Drama, Romance, Classics

James Cameron

Sep 10, 2012

$57.9M

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Cameron has devised a tender love story between Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio that serves as the main focus of Titanic's storyline, and it works beautifully.

February 25, 2014 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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If computer-generated special effects have overpowered human-generated drama, Cameron seizes that dangerously cold technology and recasts it as dream and delirium, profoundly human in its sources and longings.

February 25, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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The execution is state-of-the-art and breathtaking. Titanic offers the full compass of courage and cowardice, and it stands as an achievement that truly is a night to remember at the movies.

February 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Titanic provides an absorbing blend of historical fact and old-fashioned Hollywood tearjerking.

February 25, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Titanic is indeed a ship of dreams. Climb aboard and bon voyage.

February 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Take one of history's most compelling tragedies, tell it through the lives of two engaging young lovers and show it with some of the best-ever special effects and you have a dazzling, exciting movie that is also poignant and personal.

February 25, 2014 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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DiCaprio and Winslet both deliver star-making performances.

February 25, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

It's a technically magnificent and emotionally wrenching experience.

February 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Titanic is an awesome achievement, a traditional Hollywood epic that dazzles your eyes, breaks your heart and shivers your soul.

February 25, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

DiCaprio manages a good mix of youthful bravado and nervous uncertainty... And Winslet shines as a willful rich girl who discovers her sensual side with this earthy urchin.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

Titanic 3D lacks creative synergy that could have been explored had the film been shot with 3D in mind but its easily the best example of post-conversion to date.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

A staggering film, layered with melodramatic romance, tragedy, intensity and breathtaking production design.

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
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Jack and Rose actually cause the Titanic to hit the iceberg. Watch closely.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

Director James Cameron takes one of his most beloved historical incidents and transforms it in to a McDonald's product...

September 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (15)
Cinema Crazed

While I admit the film does not impress me as much as it does most other people, there is no questioning its passion and excitement.

September 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

When the bolts start to pop and the water bursts the bulkheads and the ship's orchestra plays waltzes, writer-director Cameron achieves his vision grandly.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

The most breezy 194 minutes ever to grace the multiplex.

April 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Ultra Culture
Ultra Culture

The clunky dialogue, historical inaccuracy and overdose of Billy Zane in the opening stanza of the film is all but forgotten in one of the most emotionally affective, thrilling closing stanzas ever committed to celluloid.

April 28, 2012
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'Titanic' is an epic that's see-worthy indeed. Directed/written/produced by James Cameron, its $200 million budget shows in its glorious effects, dazzling camera work and lavish sets, now, with the addition of Cameron's carefully crafted 3-D.

April 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
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Audience Reviews for Titanic

Benjamin Guggenheim: No, thank you. We are dressed in our best and are prepared to go down as gentlemen. But, we would like a brandy.

"Collide With Destiny"

Titanic is a movie I've seen countless times since I was a little kid and it came out. This movie is one that seems to polarize people to extremes. Some love it and will call it one of the best movies they've seen and others will hate it and label it one of the worst. As far as where I stand on it today, I still believe it is a very good film that benefits from marvelous special effects.

Jack wins his way onto the Titanic in a poker game and runs into first class rich girl, Rose, when she is hanging off the end of the ship, apparently about to commit suicide. Jack saves her and they start spending a lot of time together, which really pisses off Rose's rich, but unpleasant fiancÚ, Cal Hockley. The story is told by the 102 year old Rose, as treasure seeker Brock Lovett searches for a diamond that was given to Rose by Cal on the boat.

The movie has its share of problems. The dialogue, at times, can be corny, as can the actions. The acting, while serviceable most of the time, has some terrible moments, especially from Billy Zane and Bill Paxton. Also, the film suffers slightly from its long run time. It's not something that bothers me a great deal, but had the film been cut by something like 20 or 30 minutes, it would have flowed a lot better.

Titanic isn't James Cameron's best film, but it is a majestic and epic one. I like Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as Jack and Rose, and I also really liked Kathy Bates as a first class passenger that has just come into her money. This isn't one of the best films ever, but it's, at times, fun, sad, infuriating, and joyful. There's an emotional rollercoaster going on here.
May 20, 2014
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Melvin White

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I saw this on DVD for the first time in 2014 as part of a DVD binge weekend during 4 days of snow. I liked it because it has a real story--although in retrospect the poor rich girl who was going to kill herself because her fiance was too rich or too controlling was a little over the top, but this is from the perspective of a woman (me) who has lived all that drama decades ago. The sets were outstanding. Really captured the sense of what it was like to be trapped on a sinking ship --talk about being trapped between the devil and the deep blue sea. The class warfare was interesting. Still fighting that. Nit pick: why did Rose keep the multi-million dollar necklace? It was given to her by someone she hated and it was more like a handcuff. And then why did she dump it into the ocean--I got that it was supposed to close a chapter on her life, but it was the wrong symbol. And she has this granddaughter--did she ever think maybe the granddaughter could use a little help paying off her student loans? As I say, those are nit picks, It was a good movie.
February 15, 2014
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Bathsheba Monk

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Boy meets giri, boy loses girl, boy gets girl again. Its class struggle, snobby, stuck-up and boring rich folks (no cliche there) against the up-against-it but fun-loving poor folks (cliche, what cliche?). Who will win? The audience, duh, as Cameron trots out some really old horseflesh and smiles broadly. Down below, in the deep, in the dark, the passengers and crew wait, wait, wait for the last survivor.
June 4, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

The story starts in 1997 with the sole living survivor of the Titanic disaster. She reveals a love story between two classes on board the maiden voyage of the Titanic across the Atlantic. Jack and Rose witness the Titanic hit an iceberg and it sinks. My fave scenes are the spitting and axe scenes. Leo and Kate make a great on screen couple. Great lines like "I'm the King of the World" and iconic music. My fave line is "he does landscapes". Excellent graphics! An epic masterpiece! I've seen this movie 100s of times and never tire of it. With the centenary of the Titanic disaster, the new 3D version introduces the movie to a whole new generation.
June 1, 2013
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Candy Rose

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    1. Rose DeWitt Bukater: Mr. Andrews... I saw the iceberg and I see it in your eyes... please, tell me the truth.
    2. Thomas Andrews: The ship will sink.
    3. Rose DeWitt Bukater: You're certain?
    4. Thomas Andrews: Yes. In an hour or so, all of this will be at the bottom of the Atlantic.
    5. Cal Hockley: What?
    6. Thomas Andrews: Please, tell only who you must. I don't wanna be responsible for a panic. And get to a boat quickly, don't wait. You remember what I told you about the boats?
    7. Rose DeWitt Bukater: Yes... I understand.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Jack Dawson: Are you nervous?
    2. Rose DeWitt Bukater: No. Put your hands on me, Jack.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Jack Dawson: (stepping into the water after Rose rescue him) Oh shit this is cold! Shit, shit, shit.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Brock Lovett: ...Mrs. Calvert?
    2. Old Rose: I was wondering if you had found the "Heart of the Ocean" yet, Mr. Lovett.
    3. Brock Lovett: (turns to Bobby, completely shocked)
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Brock Lovett: Great.
    2. Brock Lovett: (picks up the phone)
    3. Brock Lovett: This is Brock Lovett. How can I help you, Mrs...?
    4. Brock Lovett: (turns to Bobby)
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Brock Lovett: All right, you have my attention, Rose. Can you tell us who the woman in the picture is?
    2. Old Rose: Oh yes, the woman in the picture is me.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
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