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Cleopatra Reviews

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August 16, 2017
To watch this film is to see the Hollywood story itself.
March 30, 2016
It may not be as compelling and tightly edited as Ben-Hur, but Cleopatra is still a Hollywood epic that tells a grand story in a grand way. Save it for a night when the family feels like a four-hour spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 11, 2016
...a tale of two men being manipulated, and possibly loved, by a powerful and conflicted woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 25, 2014
Four-hour visual stunner requires patience, maturity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 6, 2014
Taylor inhabits the role with a focussed but uninhibited imperiousness, as when she turns Cleopatra's entrance into Rome, aboard a giant rolling sphinx, into the ultimate red-carpet photo op.
August 2, 2014
The film has a spectacular variety of liabilities (and, to be fair, strengths as well), but the most visible and crushing is that's an utter dud as a star vehicle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
February 15, 2014
A lumbering monstrosity of a movie with all manner of preposterous hairstyles and improbable fashions. Worth seeing -- once anyway -- at least as wayward legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 19, 2013
Though it owes as much to Shakespeare's interpretation and to Roman propaganda as to the historical record, this interpretation of the great queen's life succeeds in conveying something of the intelligence and force of personality her opponents feared.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 12, 2013
The film at least manages to make some sense of an extraordinary moment in history, as Rome expanded from republic to empire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 11, 2013
A stately but sometimes mindboggling spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 11, 2013
Melodramatic, and camp as Christmas, but nothing like the disaster its reputation suggests.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 9, 2013
It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience, for good and ill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
March 23, 2011
Sad to say, however, the deep-revolving, witty Mankiewicz fails most where most he hoped to succeed. As drama and as cinema, Cleopatra is raddled with flaws. It lacks style both in image and in action.
March 19, 2009
Much maligned for various reasons, this Cleopatra may be the most expensive movie ever made, but certainly not the worst, just a verbose, muddled affair that is not even entertaining as a star vehicle for Taylor and Burton.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 5, 2008
For four hours this moody, glossy pantomime leadenly plods on, saying much more about the hubris and excess of old-time Hollywood thinking than the burnished glories of an ancient world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 5, 2008
A giant of a movie that is sometimes lumbering, but ever watchable thanks to its uninhibited ambition, size and glamour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 5, 2008
[A] general muddle.
May 5, 2008
This is not a film -- it's a deal, decorated with extensive publicity, but weighed down by listless direction and lots of nasal talk, talk, talk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 5, 2007
Cleopatra is not only a supercolossal eye-filler (the unprecedented budget shows in the physical opulence throughout), but it is also a remarkably literate cinematic recreation of an historic epoch.
February 9, 2006
Harrison, doing his waspish don act as Caesar, alone rises above mediocrity.
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