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Total Eclipse (1995)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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This historical drama, directed by Agnieszka Holland, focuses on the rocky relationship between the renowned 19th century French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine. Rimbaud (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a teenage wunderkind known for his rebelliousness against conventional society and his surrealistic writing. He disrupts the life of Verlaine (David Thewlis), a more conventional writer who is older and married to a dutiful young wife, Mathilde (Romane Bohringer). The drunken Verlaine is unkind to

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Art House & International, Drama

Dec 21, 1999

New Line Home Entertainment

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A misguided project from Holland: Watching Verlaine and Rimbeau engage in endless arguments about the nature of love, you wonder when they had time to create the poetry that revolutionized the world.

January 9, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Fascinating biopic marred by Di Caprio's performance.

February 18, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Despite its fascinating subject matter, Total Eclipse is both unflattering and loveless.

July 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

a noble effort to capture Rimbaud's genius, but it fails to take enough risks to get close to the enigmatic poet.

October 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

A disappointing biography about the homosexual relationship of two famous 19th century French poets.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Rimbaud seen here is less a poet warrior than cloying brat.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Total Eclipse

A young Leonardo...already an outstanding actor. He absolutely stole this film as his own even at such a young age. I love period dramas, and biographical dramas, so this movie was just perfect for me. Leo portrays a supposedly true-to-life strange and crazy poet in this movie. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job than he did. Very interesting film.
October 14, 2010
itsjustme2004

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David Thewlis is such a horrible actor that it destroyed this movie. This was a great performance for Leonardo DiCaprio and I feel his portrayal was the only interesting thing about the movie. Even with getting to see Leonardo naked a few times... I still cannot recommend the movie. Seeing Leonardo shine as an actor may only be because of the poor acting of co-stars!
August 11, 2010
Tomassgringo

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Opening credits go on way too long, there is some vacany in the story's execution and the film also slips to some other lows. Still, DiCaprio is, get this, phenomenal. I know, czazy isn't it? He is also hilarious comic relief, which really is shocking when you consider how serious of an actor he is, Academy. There are also some other great performances, good lines for DiCaprio, I hate to admit it, but excellent chemistry between Thewlis and DiCaprio and other high points that could have made it a much more solid film, had the story been delivered better. Still, it is an interesting film that's fairly worth checking out.
January 29, 2011
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