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The Tempest Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Julie Taymor has a theatre director's idea of how movies work. That's not a compliment.
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
Dispensing with tableau compositions, this adaptation feels liberated from static theatrical and, to a lesser degree, cinematic convention by the overall openness of its staging and camerawork that's somewhere between handheld and Steadicam.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
There are two reasons to watch The Tempest: if you're a fan of Shakespeare, or a fan of Helen Mirren.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 28, 2011
Hundreds of years ago, Shakespeare would have never imagined this story could look like Taymor's vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 20, 2011
Taymor tries a little too hard, neither breaking nor broken by the play, but ultimately losing the wrestling match. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Grae Drake
April 29, 2011
Taymor excels at creating visuals that are so beautiful you want to hang every frame on your wall, but content-wise this film falls really flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
April 20, 2011
The film has plenty of detractors who see Taymor's approach as strained and overwrought, but Mirren finds some grace notes that no Prospero could ever have sounded.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
April 20, 2011
While this had the potential to be a stirring cinematic experience, director Julie Taymor's trademark innovation and visual flair never soars.
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
March 23, 2011
Shakespeare is spinning in his grave.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 13, 2011
As a re-imagining, particularly by a director so well renowned, The Tempest is depressingly pedestrian.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 7, 2011
[M]essy but thrilling... [B]rings a new perspective on the play, and a new appreciation for it, which is the best we can ask for the umpteenth adaptation of a centuries-old work...
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
March 7, 2011
A noble stab at the Bard but ultimately an unsatisfactory film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
March 7, 2011
The special effects are intrusive and anything but magical and the text is rather curiously edited. But it's worth seeing for Mirren.
Sophie Ivan
March 7, 2011
Despite the best efforts of an impressive cast, Taymor's adaptation ends up a curious mix of arse-achingly dull, and clangingly misjudged.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
March 5, 2011
Lost for a***holes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Peter Bradshaw
March 4, 2011
Mirren is a powerful presence: maybe gender-bending Shakespeare is the only way to give Mirren the movie roles she deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
March 4, 2011
A game cast including Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Ben Whishaw and Tom Conti can't save this listing interpretation of the Shakespeare play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
March 3, 2011
Misjudged, un-poetic and tedious - like a pompous production of Mamma Mia, without the Abba songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Martyn Conterio
Little White Lies
March 3, 2011
An inspired, but sometimes irksome take on 400 year old material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
March 3, 2011
Certainly good enough to leave us once more astonished by Shakespeare's invention, yet it ultimately lacks the interpretative authority that might have made it something special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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