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Cleopatra Reviews

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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
April 22, 2001
It's asp-tastic.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
July 9, 2013
It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience, for good and ill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 9, 2006
Harrison, doing his waspish don act as Caesar, alone rises above mediocrity.
March 21, 2001
...not required viewing by any means, nor is it the bomb it is sometimes made out to be...
Read More | Original Score: 5/10
May 16, 2001
A giant white elephant of a movie, a bloated monument to hubris and excess.
Read More | Original Score: 60/100
June 29, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
April 26, 2001
amazing that 20th Century Fox survived this train wreck long enough to produce Star Wars some 14 years later
Full Review | Original Score: D
July 29, 2002
opulent and empty, it dares you not to take a nap
| Original Score: 2/5
January 20, 2003
The movie is also dotted with some battle sequences of nearly epic proportions, but they can't make up for Cleopatra's shortcomings in plot and acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 43/100
May 5, 2008
[A] general muddle.
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
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
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
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.
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.
November 25, 2014
Four-hour visual stunner requires patience, maturity.
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 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
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.
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