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Coriolanus Reviews

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 30, 2012
"Coriolanus" is a triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 23, 2012
Slathered in blood, covered with scars and glowering with a predator's gaze, Ralph Fiennes makes a fierce and impressive Caius Martius Coriolanus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
March 22, 2012
The blend of modern and Elizabethan is what works
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
March 15, 2012
In his directorial debut, (Ralph) Fiennes is quite sharp, shooting the battle scenes as if the cinematographers were embedded with his troops and using television broadcasts as a way to advance the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 15, 2012
By combining selective fragments of the text with populist cultural references and by using visually bold cinematic and TV news techniques, "Coriolanus" director and star Ralph Fiennes has created a thinking person's action thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 12, 2012
This modernisation actually works... for how well it grounds Shakespeare's drama in an easily understood modern-dress context.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
March 11, 2012
It may be 400 years since Shakespeare penned this work but the story feels just as relevant today with its exploration of war and politics.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 9, 2012
Expertly balancing his performance between quiet regret, self-destructive arrogance and howling stubbornness, Fiennes takes center stage without making the role a vanity project.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 9, 2012
It's all very unnerving, modern and yet veins-in-the-teeth visceral.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tom Clift
March 8, 2012
[Coriolanus] makes some questionably antiquated statements about class, but nevertheless captivates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
March 8, 2012
As a portrait of modern warfare, politics and propaganda, "Coriolanus" is intriguing, even if the gritty action sequences don't quite measure up to the realism of "The Hurt Locker."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
March 7, 2012
Fiennes's adaptation is a reflection of spin, media influence in public debate, the cult of personality and the glorification of war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Miraudo
March 5, 2012
Though I understand why they dare not tamper with Shakespeare's brilliant lines, it feels more and more like an unnatural gimmick when contrasted with the contemporary setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 4, 2012
A portrait of the birth of a fascist leader, Shakespeare's play sets his will to power in direct opposition to the people of Rome and their right to rule themselves. In modernizing the setting, Fiennes only makes the comparison more relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 3, 2012
This is a blood-and-gutsy adaptation of a bloody and gut-wrenching tragedy by Shakespeare.. Director and co-star Fiennes has chiseled the play into a contemporary setting, not unlike Baz Luhrmann did with Romeo + Juliet, and just about as inventively
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
March 3, 2012
Immensely entertaining, Coriolanus is chock-full o' gore and the contemporary trappings of a man and a land divided, both from without and from within.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 1, 2012
Ralph Fiennes turns one of Shakespeare's least-loved plays into a slashing, muscular but uneven modern drama in his film-directing debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 1, 2012
Alternating between whispered regrets and outraged howls - again, seeming to suggest there are two people within him - Fiennes provides the film with a magnetic center.
| Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 17, 2012
[though Ralph Fiennes] handles himself quite well behind the camera, he took on a perhaps too ambitious a project for the first time out the gate.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
James Verniere
Boston Herald
February 17, 2012
A Balkanized 'Hurt Locker,' Ralph Fiennes' 'Coriolanus' is a timely, aptly fierce, IED-rigged adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
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