Reviews

  • Sep 03, 2021

    Cleopatra, much like Julius Caesar's reign, starts off promising, but its ego eventually gets in the way and it grows tiresome. Nevertheless, Elizabeth Taylor is absolutely enchanting in her role as the iconic Egyptian ruler. In fact, when she's not in a scene, the movie becomes a little less interesting. While the extravagant sets & elaborate costumes are very impressive, this epic film could have used a little more humility.

    Cleopatra, much like Julius Caesar's reign, starts off promising, but its ego eventually gets in the way and it grows tiresome. Nevertheless, Elizabeth Taylor is absolutely enchanting in her role as the iconic Egyptian ruler. In fact, when she's not in a scene, the movie becomes a little less interesting. While the extravagant sets & elaborate costumes are very impressive, this epic film could have used a little more humility.

  • Aug 29, 2021

    I saw this movie as a child and I slept through it. I rewatched it last night and understand why. Liz Taylor is terribly miscast. Her voice is mid century American. It doesn't fit here. Long and boring. Nothing happens outside of the facts you know. Big epic sets. Battle scenes look fake.

    I saw this movie as a child and I slept through it. I rewatched it last night and understand why. Liz Taylor is terribly miscast. Her voice is mid century American. It doesn't fit here. Long and boring. Nothing happens outside of the facts you know. Big epic sets. Battle scenes look fake.

  • May 10, 2021

    Overlong for sure and a little too chatty but so epic, grandiose and well written that it deserves far more credits than the ones it's been given all those years for the dramas offset. This is that kind of old school movie where everything feels real with thousands of extras, gigantic set pieces and just for the entrance of Cleopatra in Rome you get one of the best sequences in cinema history. The directing is great and the acting has good lines to spare all along. Just might be missing a few more action or overstaying its welcome an half hour too much but couldn't have been much shorter either. An epic for the ages and a pleasure for the eyes.

    Overlong for sure and a little too chatty but so epic, grandiose and well written that it deserves far more credits than the ones it's been given all those years for the dramas offset. This is that kind of old school movie where everything feels real with thousands of extras, gigantic set pieces and just for the entrance of Cleopatra in Rome you get one of the best sequences in cinema history. The directing is great and the acting has good lines to spare all along. Just might be missing a few more action or overstaying its welcome an half hour too much but couldn't have been much shorter either. An epic for the ages and a pleasure for the eyes.

  • Jan 10, 2021

    Right from the very beginning you feel like you are thrown back in time and are standing alongside these amazing characters. The sets and costumes are exquisite along with the amazing cast. A beautiful and fantastic piece of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

    Right from the very beginning you feel like you are thrown back in time and are standing alongside these amazing characters. The sets and costumes are exquisite along with the amazing cast. A beautiful and fantastic piece of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

  • Dec 11, 2020

    Immensely impressive on a technical basis, Cleopatra is the ultimate endgame of the studio epic, in which you recruit top-tier stars and fund the most ambitious practical effects possible, develop some of the most grandiose sets that had ever been devised, but don't let the writers prevent you from sinking into melodrama. Much of the dialogue and some of the delivery is more campy than dramatic, especially Burton and Taylor (shouting alone is not necessarily the pinnacle of the craft), though Harrison as Caesar and later on, McDowall as Octavian help to provide more legitimacy to the production with regard to delivery. Even today, from a visual perspective, it's a sumptuous feast, but presented as if you were eating chocloate - everyone likes chocolate, but not many people want to eat chocolate for four hours. The film is ambitious and certainly falls below the standard set by many other midcentury epics, but people forget that the film does in fact have redeeming qualities. (3/5)

    Immensely impressive on a technical basis, Cleopatra is the ultimate endgame of the studio epic, in which you recruit top-tier stars and fund the most ambitious practical effects possible, develop some of the most grandiose sets that had ever been devised, but don't let the writers prevent you from sinking into melodrama. Much of the dialogue and some of the delivery is more campy than dramatic, especially Burton and Taylor (shouting alone is not necessarily the pinnacle of the craft), though Harrison as Caesar and later on, McDowall as Octavian help to provide more legitimacy to the production with regard to delivery. Even today, from a visual perspective, it's a sumptuous feast, but presented as if you were eating chocloate - everyone likes chocolate, but not many people want to eat chocolate for four hours. The film is ambitious and certainly falls below the standard set by many other midcentury epics, but people forget that the film does in fact have redeeming qualities. (3/5)

  • Jul 19, 2020

    once Harrison is gone its a bore.

    once Harrison is gone its a bore.

  • Jun 04, 2020

    One of the best epic films ever made. This film deserves to be remembered for all eternity, it is sad that the film industry does not make films like this.

    One of the best epic films ever made. This film deserves to be remembered for all eternity, it is sad that the film industry does not make films like this.

  • Mar 22, 2020

    Incredible production

    Incredible production

  • Feb 20, 2020

    A forgotten Hollywood epic that does its extravagance well. Rex Harrison, Roddy McDowall and Richard Burton are great. Elizabeth Taylor is Elizabeth Taylor. The story is well told and you can revel in the pre CGI glory. The best from Taylor and Burton was yet to come though with Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf leaving this in the dark.

    A forgotten Hollywood epic that does its extravagance well. Rex Harrison, Roddy McDowall and Richard Burton are great. Elizabeth Taylor is Elizabeth Taylor. The story is well told and you can revel in the pre CGI glory. The best from Taylor and Burton was yet to come though with Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf leaving this in the dark.

  • Feb 16, 2020

    Highly underrated. It may have cost too much to make, but it is an epic film worth seeing.

    Highly underrated. It may have cost too much to make, but it is an epic film worth seeing.