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Cleopatra Reviews

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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.
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
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
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.
May 9, 2005
It is a surpassing entertainment, one of the great epic films of our day.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 30, 2003
Power and passion are the twin and intertwined themes of Cleopatra, and they have never burned with greater intensity or amid such opulence as they do in this extraordinary film.
March 10, 2003
Taylor, Burton, and Harrison are sublime in this sweeping epic of love and nations.
October 25, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
August 9, 2002
Better than I thought it would be.
| Original Score: 3/5
November 26, 2001
A stunning achievement compared to its present day counterparts.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
April 11, 2001
A moderately successful, generally entertaining, but overly ambitious movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
July 9, 2013
It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience, for good and ill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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