Orlando Reviews

February 7, 2018
The film's wit and layered sense of history seem richer than ever.
March 23, 2015
The good news about this historical vaudeville is that Orlando's consciousness, like his/her gender, is a delightful work-in-progress.
March 23, 2015
What it lacks in coherence it makes up for in sheer spectacle.
March 23, 2015
Though visually impressive and assured, it is the hollowest of successes, all chic set design, smug posturing and self-satisfied attitude.
March 23, 2015
Reminiscent of the low-budget lushness of the early films of Peter Greenaway and Ken Russell, Orlando could turn out to be the art-house smash of the summer.
March 23, 2015
Potter possesses a natural gracefulness in presentation that helps a little but, finally, not nearly enough. Orlando is vague when she means it to be mysterious, coy when it ought to be witty, familiar when it should be bold.
March 23, 2015
See Orlando for its fabulous costumes, fascinating look at changing eras, and impressive performance by Tilda Swinton. Viewing this film for other reasons will almost certainly lead to a negative impression.
March 23, 2015
Compared with Potter's bold, beautiful, original, and witty first feature, The Gold Diggers, this is safe, crowd-flattering stuff, the Driving Miss Daisy of art pictures -- a film with practically no ideas at all, but lots of fancy trimmings.
March 20, 2015
Tilda Swinton's performance as Orlando in this adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel is luminous and thrilling, an omnisexual romp through 400 years of history.
September 7, 2011
The movie deconstructs Woolf in a smug, didactic way, using her whimsical fantasy as the vehicle for a belabored satirical assault upon "the patriarchy."
Top Critic
July 27, 2010
A silly and serious work of art that isn't afraid to entertain.
July 21, 2010
Swinton's androgynous affect has rarely been better exploited: It's a kick to see her transition among Orlando's numerous identities, whether wooing a Russian princess or submitting to the charms of the horseback-riding Shelmerdine.
July 20, 2010
Eighteen years after its initial theatrical release, "Orlando" returns to theaters with all of its original allure intact, and then some.
March 26, 2009
Orlando provides exciting, wonderfully witty entertainment with glorious settings and costumes and Tilda Swinton's sock performance in the title role.
January 26, 2006
It's a critical work -- in the sense that it comments wryly on such things as representations of English history, sexuality/androgyny and class -- but made in the spirit of a love poem to both Woolf and the England that made us.
May 20, 2003
This ravishing and witty spectacle invades the mind through eyes that are dazzled without ever being anesthetized.
January 1, 2000
Orlando would be unimaginable without Swinton in the title role. Her radiant, androgynous beauty makes every scene look like an Old Master portrait, and her charismatic character is touched with grace, gravity and a nimble humor.
January 1, 2000
This is the kind of movie you want to talk about afterward.
January 1, 2000
Sly and sumptuous.