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.
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.
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.
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.
July 11, 2013
A stately but sometimes mindboggling spectacle.
July 11, 2013
Melodramatic, and camp as Christmas, but nothing like the disaster its reputation suggests.
June 7, 2013
How does the final, 4-hour play today in its 50th anniversary edition? Its first two hours are spectacular and highly enjoyable...(but) things take a turn following Caesar's assassination and the audience's intermission.
May 28, 2013
A savage beast of a film
February 1, 2012
March 19, 2009
Much maligned, this Cleopatra might be the most expensive movie made, but not the worst, just an overly verbose affair, effective as star vehicle for Elizabeth Taylor, who commands regally, and Burton, who delivers his lines with authority and pathos.
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