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Titanic Reviews

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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
February 25, 2014
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.
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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
February 25, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 25, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Maria Schneider
AV Club
February 25, 2014
Titanic provides an absorbing blend of historical fact and old-fashioned Hollywood tearjerking.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
February 25, 2014
Titanic is indeed a ship of dreams. Climb aboard and bon voyage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Holleman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 25, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 16, 2013
With his beatific, sweet, open face, DiCaprio gives us a rooting interest in hoping that someone important to us survives the wreck.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
April 6, 2012
We know the story ends badly but Cameron still sweeps us up in the romance between Kate Winslet's rebellious posh girl and DiCaprio's steerage kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 6, 2012
Cameron's three-hour disaster epic is a triumph of popular art -- of folk art, really.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 6, 2012
"Titanic" still amazes as the kind of massive, build-and-destroy production that few filmmakers have the ambition or budget to make.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 6, 2012
[Cameron] stages the sinking with a flawless sense of detail, pacing, import and dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 5, 2012
This version has deepened and enriched a film that was already rich in emotions and remarkable for its depth of detail.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 5, 2012
How is Titanic in 3D? The answer is pretty damn dazzling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 5, 2012
Cameron is a genius at instilling narrative dread and designing a hokum-drenched fairy tale of a certain size.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 4, 2012
If any film should be redone in 3-D, it's "Titanic." And if any filmmaker should be the one doing the redoing, it's James Cameron.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 4, 2012
Sure, it's corny, but there's something endearing about the tale of young love and its earnest lack of irony.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 4, 2012
Like Kathy Bates' "unsinkable" Molly Brown, "Titanic" is unabashedly American: It's big, brash and sometimes gauche, yet also unapologetically earnest, amazing to look at and devoted to its own cause. And it knows how to win us over.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 4, 2012
Overall, for a blockbuster movie about one great big thing hitting another great big thing, the new film shows distinctly upper-deck restraint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 3, 2012
The letdown factor has been most keenly felt in conversions from 2D, but Titanic 3D shows how the ambition can be realized if the will and skill are there. We can only hope that other filmmakers follow Cameron's example.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 3, 2012
But the power of Titanic didn't come from originality; it came from punching clichés across with a seldom-seen directness and sincerity that seemed pure of heart, "old-fashioned," or plain corny, depending on your perspective.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 3, 2012
James Cameron's spectacular new 3-D version of "Titanic'' is everything I'd hoped for, and more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 2, 2012
Here is a rare opportunity to return to something you once loved, and discover it still holds up, no apologies necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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January 29, 2008
Now it can be told: The Titanic went down because of two distracting smoochers on the poop deck.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 29, 2008
A spectacular demonstration of what modern technology can contribute to dramatic storytelling.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 29, 2008
Titanic is a good, often stunning movie caught in a three-and-a-half hour drift.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 29, 2008
This is Cameron at his best.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
January 29, 2008
Titanic is big, bold, touchingly uncynical filmmaking.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
Titanic runs well enough in the backstretch of intrigue and contrivance to cross the finish line well ahead of all but a few of the screen's superspectacles in this century.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Cost: well over $200m. Disregarding the ethics of such expenditure on a film, this unprecedented extravagance has not resulted in sophisticated or even very satisfying storytelling.
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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
December 6, 2005
A grand and classy production.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Titanic is awesome even when it's awful -- you can't take your eyes off the extraordinary thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
What really brings on the tears is Cameron's insistence that writing this kind of movie is within his abilities.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I found myself convinced by both the story and the saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Titanic is big-budget spectacle and director Cameron brings it off with high-tech bravura, placing us aboard the ship in real time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
Bursting through gaps in the hull, rushing down corridors, licking at rooms, triumphing over great ballrooms and tiny closets, down stairways and into elevators, the sea, in the hands of Cameron and his technical associates, becomes hungry, vindictive.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
As spectacle, Titanic sets a new standard; as romantic drama, it's substandard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Credit Cameron for locating that latitude-longitude spot where haunting loss intersects with sheer cinematic braggadocio. His movie may not be perfect, but visually and viscerally, it pretty well is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Titanic will give you your money's worth.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Cameron succeeds magically in linking his film's young lovers, played enchantingly by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
A lush and terrifying spectacle of romantic doom.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The would-be emotional centerpiece of his three-hours-plus adventure flick is the most juvenile romantic tale of 1997.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Glub glub glub.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
The regretful verdict here: dead in the water.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
There's a lot to like here.
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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The disaster is definitely worth the wait.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The last hour of Titanic is huge and staggering, but there's no horror in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
You don't just watch Titanic, you experience it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Like it or hate it, Titanic lives and breathes as a piece of pure cinema.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
No other film has made the horror of the ship's sinking so palpable, and none other has dared to dramatize the night of the living dead that followed after it sank beneath the North Atlantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Titanic is a film that sweeps us away into a world of spectacle, beauty and excitement.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
All things considered, Titanic is old-fashioned epic filmmaking that carries a wallop.