Titus Reviews

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
September 30, 2013
...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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 17, 2008
A conditional victory.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 26, 2008
This may just be the most striking and unsettling translation of Shakespeare ever committed to film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
It's hard to see it matching the success of other recent adaptations of the Bard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
At once mesmerizing and jarring to the point that the audience can never get comfortable in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
A consistently absorbing entertainment that never becomes either campy or facetious, given its inescapable exaggerations.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A striking addition to the Shakespeare filmography.
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
It's amazing how enjoyable Shakespeare can be when Kenneth Branagh isn't involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
A true pleasure and a surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
February 7, 2004
Tecnicamente brilhante, esta inventiva adaptação traz ótimas atuações - com exceção de Cumming, que parece estar ensaiando para um revival de Rocky Horror Picture Show.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
The real star of the show is Lange.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Along with everything else, the acting styles here clash, though the dissonance serves the drama's bellicose theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Wrathall
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 25, 2002
Adds a wicked grin to the proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Poland
Hot Button
May 31, 2002
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.
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
Relentless, brutal and equally witty...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 5, 2002
A grim meditation on the enthralling power of violence.
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos
February 14, 2002
...si esperan una versión de Shakespeare "alternativa" busquen algo light, como Romeo+Julieta, el remake relativamente reciente, pues Titus no se anda con rodeos.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Lacks the subtlety and subtext to make the story really work on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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