The Leopard Reviews

December 11, 2013
The film aches with regret over a crumbling empire, but its feelings are complicated by the wise prince, who recognizes his place on the wrong side of history.
February 23, 2012
A magnificent film, munificently outfitted and splendidly acted by a large cast dominated by Burt Lancaster's standout stint in the title role.
November 24, 2011
The film is a long, rich sigh at the end of the day, one that only Don Fabrizio can hear.
December 22, 2010
Two-plus hours of engrossing machinations and opulent scenery point the way to the pièce de résistance: a 45-minute gala scene that the Almighty himself would approve as a luxuriant prelude to the Rapture.
September 1, 2010
The film is one of the most sumptuous ever made in Europe.
August 27, 2010
Among several masterly setpieces, the long ballroom scene, with its sinuous movement and hundreds of extras, is an imperishable glory.
August 26, 2010
A must.
February 9, 2006
Is this the most beautiful film ever made?
May 5, 2005
Stately, elegiac, ruminative, the film truly does now feel seamlessly all of a piece -- and looks glorious.
February 10, 2005
Watching it now, a more than 40-year-old evocation of an era now some 150 years in the past, we can still feel his ache from here.
January 13, 2005
One of the greatest motion pictures of all time, as well as one of the most politically profound.
October 7, 2004
One of the greatest of all historical costume epics.
September 10, 2004
The feeling at the end of this masterpiece -- a profound meditation on mortality, really -- is so pitch-perfect and conveys so many complexities at a very simple level that The Leopard has become one of the greatest of all epics.
August 10, 2004
The greatest film of its kind made since World War II -- its only rivals are Kubrick's Barry Lyndon and Visconti's own Senso.
July 29, 2004
[The film] was too subtle for mass audiences in the early 1960s and too expensive to earn back its investment from the art house circuit, but over time it has become recognized as a classic and perhaps Visconti's finest film.
October 1, 2003
The Leopard was written by the only man who could have written it, directed by the only man who could have directed it, and stars the only man who could have played its title character.
July 8, 2003
A rich and gorgeous film, crowned with a magnificent, extended ballroom scene.
May 24, 2003
A stunning visualization of a mood of melancholy and nostalgia at the passing of an age.
May 24, 2003
Not only Visconti's greatest film but a work that transcends its creator, achieving a sensitivity and intelligence without parallel in his other films.
May 24, 2003
A masterpiece in the truest sense of the word, The Leopard is the kind of magisterial filmmaking that Visconti's more famous Death in Venice could only ever dream of being.