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The Tempest Reviews

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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.

Empire Magazine
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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...
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.
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
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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Cath Clarke
Time Out
March 2, 2011
You expect Nicolas Cage to pop up from behind a sand dune on a Harley brandishing a rocket launcher.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
February 23, 2011
It's left to the actors to lend gravitas and depth, with varying levels of success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
December 27, 2010
Taymor, by turning Prospero into a woman while retaining an "imperialist" view of Caliban, will no doubt simultaneously please and enrage left-wing critics. The rest of us can enjoy the movie's strengths...
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Lawson Taitte
Dallas Morning News
December 16, 2010
Julie Taymor's The Tempest adapts Shakespeare to the screen with boldness and imagination. Bard buffs are likely to love it, despite the liberties it takes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Shawn Levy
December 16, 2010
Although there is some gimmickry, this is one of the most straightforward versions of the "Tempest" ever filmed, making it edifying as well as -- when Taymor hits a groove -- dazzling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 16, 2010
A movie that veers from ethereal beauty (its closing credit sequence, as a book of magic softly drowns in a dark sea, is a stunner) to mystifying cheesiness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
December 14, 2010
Overall, even if it doesn't completely mesh, there's still much to like in this TEMPEST.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 13, 2010
Although it falls off precipitously, it's better to have Julie Taymor's The Tempest than not: The first half-hour is nearly as unfettered as Shakespeare's language.
John Coulbourn
Jam! Movies
December 10, 2010
What Taymor, Mirren et al have given us is not exactly a Tempest for the ages. But in the balance struck between talent, traditional casting, technology and the tale at hand, it manages to stand firmly on its own two feet as a Tempest for today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kent Turner
December 9, 2010
The words still provide the most magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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