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Caesar Must Die Reviews

June 17, 2013
It is almost an impertinence to think that we understand the thoughts of these actors and those in the audience who are relatives and friends. But this is the intriguing privilege that the Taviani brothers have given us.
May 9, 2013
A film somewhere between documentary and neo-realist drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 14, 2013
There's barely a wasted moment in the film, which runs a brisk 76 minutes and contains no female roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 8, 2013
There's an intensity and emotional accuracy to the performances that's just stunning, particularly Striano's Brutus, as he longs for death and release.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 26, 2013
It's an arresting, playful and moving film ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 22, 2013
Prison theatricals are nothing new in the movies, but Caesar Must Die, a quasi-documentary featuring hardened convicts acting out Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, is in a class by itself.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 21, 2013
Ranks among the most involving adaptations of Shakespeare ever put on screen ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 21, 2013
What works best is what's readily accessible, the startling power of performers who understand the drama all too well.
February 8, 2013
The film gets on screen not only the play's bloody, double-dealing, hungry essence, but the redemptive potential of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 7, 2013
The Tavianis blur the boundaries between fact and fiction, but they couldn't do it without the full complicity of their actors, or the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 7, 2013
In Caesar Must Die, the characters are both actor and audience, looking at themselves through the lens of a centuries-old fictionalization of history.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 5, 2013
You can only guess what the lines mean to the inmates, who register as atmospheric blanks at best and brutal exotics at worst, even if the tale that they enact with such earnest vigor works because the original tragedy does.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 5, 2013
So solid is that conception, and so resonant the text in which questions of freedom and slavery are paramount, that the impact can hardly be diminished.
February 5, 2013
Hardly a dish fit for the gods.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 4, 2013
A gimmick film that begins to feel like a whole, natural piece.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 4, 2013
Moving away from the literary costume dramas that have been their principal terrain for many years, the Taviani Brothers explore a fascinating encounter between theater and reality.
February 4, 2013
In a scant hour and a quarter it enlarges your notion of what theater and cinema, what art itself, can do -- it dissolves every boundary it meets.
Top Critic
January 31, 2013
The Taviani brothers, Paolo and Vittorio, have been blurring the line between reality and fiction in their films for six decades.
October 1, 2012
The movie's predominant black-and-white palette pares the action to its starkest outlines, and a few color sequences reconnect the prison, and the prisoners, to the surrounding world.