Cymbeline

2015

Cymbeline (2015)

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This is a gritty story of a take-no-prisoners war between dirty cops and a drug-dealing biker gang. When extortion, betrayal, and fiery passions threaten his criminal empire, a drug kingpin is driven to desperate measures in this explosive film based on Shakespeare's Cymbeline.

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (11)

What we get-a bitty and begrimed romance-has a lyrical sway of its own, and, even if some of the cast seem lost in the lines, Hawke returns to save the day, and the movie.

Mar 23, 2015 | Full Review…

A conceptually weak and dramatically muddled mess that has acquired a game and good cast and then given them precious little to do.

Mar 13, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

If too many filmmakers try to amp up the excitement in Shakespeare with movie magic, Almereyda goes to the opposite extreme in Cymbeline.

Mar 13, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A mash-up of social media shortcomings and Shakespearean tragedy that becomes as much a tale of cinematic ambition gone awry as anything the Bard intended.

Mar 12, 2015 | Full Review…

The film has moments of real wit and stylish brutality, but its nods to modernity (motorcycles, iPads, Google) just feel like self-conscious stunts.

Mar 12, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…

"Cymbeline" has been branded a tragedy, a tragicomedy and a romance, and Mr. Almereyda embraces all three categories. The movie is by turns grim, grimly amusing and romantic, sometimes at once.

Mar 12, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cymbeline

A gritty, modern adaption of the Shakespearean play, Cymbeline is a compelling tale of hubris and tragedy. After his daughter secretly marries one of his henchmen, gang leader Cymbeline sends her away and prepares for a coming war with the police force. Starring Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Dakota Johnson, Penn Badgley, and Ethan Hawke, the casting is quite good, as are the performances; especially given the use of Shakespearean language. Additionally, director Michael Almereyda uses an interesting visual aesthetic, which paired with the score, creates an atmospheric tone. Cymbeline is a little plot heavy, but overall the film does a good job at delivering a bold new vision of one of Shakespeare's more undervalued works.

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