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Titus (1999)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 75
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 24

The movie stretches too long to be entertaining despite a strong cast.


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 9

The movie stretches too long to be entertaining despite a strong cast.



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In this epic tale of revenge, Anthony Hopkins stars as Titus Andonicus, the Roman general who sows the seeds of vengeance when he executes the son of the enemy Queen, played by Jessica Lange. The repercussions of his action are revealed when the vindictive woman becomes the new wife of the Roman Emperor.



Julie Taymor

Aug 15, 2000

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All Critics (80) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (24) | DVD (20)

A conditional victory.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A consistently absorbing entertainment that never becomes either campy or facetious, given its inescapable exaggerations.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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A striking addition to the Shakespeare filmography.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Hopkins unwisely echoes his performance as Hannibal Lecter, but Lange rises to the occasion with a mesmerizingly in-your-face portrait of mother love gone haywire.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Along with everything else, the acting styles here clash, though the dissonance serves the drama's bellicose theme.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Jessica Lange as Tamora, the captured Goth queen, seethes with sexuality and vengeance.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
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...audaciously steps outside of the tradition when it comes to film adaptations of the bard's works, but it also does so much more: notably, find distinct meaning in a play where all notions of importance lacked a central point.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source:

This may just be the most striking and unsettling translation of Shakespeare ever committed to film.

March 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's hard to see it matching the success of other recent adaptations of the Bard.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

At once mesmerizing and jarring to the point that the audience can never get comfortable in the film.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Comment (1)
Big Picture Big Sound

It's amazing how enjoyable Shakespeare can be when Kenneth Branagh isn't involved.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

A true pleasure and a surprise.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Tecnicamente brilhante, esta inventiva adaptação traz ótimas atuações - com exceção de Cumming, que parece estar ensaiando para um revival de Rocky Horror Picture Show.

February 7, 2004
Cinema em Cena

The real star of the show is Lange.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Eager to allow Shakespeare's words to shine through as clearly as possible, Taymor shoots the dialogue scenes fairly straight, with a minimum of background action.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Adds a wicked grin to the proceedings.

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Taymor manages to play with images and music as effectively as Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet or McKellan's Richard III, yet weaves a tale so powerful and stark that it leave you breathless.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Hot Button
Hot Button

Relentless, brutal and equally witty...

April 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A grim meditation on the enthralling power of violence.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice esperan una versión de Shakespeare "alternativa" busquen algo light, como Romeo+Julieta, el remake relativamente reciente, pues Titus no se anda con rodeos.

February 14, 2002

Lacks the subtlety and subtext to make the story really work on screen.

December 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Titus

My favorite Shakespeare movie. Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange are terrific. Visually impressive.
October 27, 2012

Super Reviewer

Fantastic crazy fun, Shakespeare was truly ahead of it's time. Hopkins was great, same goes for the rest of the cast, specially Lennix and Cumming.
November 11, 2011
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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I was captured once tied and beaten for 3 days, I suffered less pain from that, then this movie. But it just goes to show you I WILL WATCH ANYTHING! Have to admit that the costumes were out of this world, and Anthony Hopkins proves he can play any part with 100 percent success, but I can only put one star on it, Now will someone take of these handcuffs and untie me.
April 18, 2009
Bruce Bruce

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OH EM GEE Julie Taymor. You too, Will. I've never read this Shakespeare play and after seeing this textually faithful adaption (from what I hear), I don't understand why the play isn't more popular. It's like Sin City set in the Roman Empire. Amoral people committing violent acts for violence's sake. Heroes brought down by tragic flaws of hubris and nearsightedness. Inexplicable sacrifice made in the name of honor, revenge, piety. And the dialogue is hella sexy:
Chiron: "You have undone our mother."
Aaron: "Villain, I have done thy mother."
Taymor's mishmash of genres and periods is so convoluted, yet compelling. I could have done without the little boy guide though.
March 21, 2009

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