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The Tempest Reviews

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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
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
Anne Thompson
Thompson on Hollywood
December 13, 2010
[Mirren] is powerfully vibrant as a female Prospero: she commands the screen whenever she is on, which unfortunately is not all the time..interweaving of three disparate groups becomes disjointed and tiring, never comes together in a meaningful way.
| Original Score: B-
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
March 23, 2011
Shakespeare is spinning in his grave.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 16, 2010
These gifted actors sometimes seem to be saying the words as someone with a chain-saw cuts firewood in the next room.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 9, 2010
One is reminded of the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" joke about one of the robots staging "an all-furniture 'Hamlet'" -- it's the sort of switcheroo that smacks more of desperation than of creativity and redefinition.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 16, 2010
A pretty frustrating adaptation of Shakespeare's play, one that dog-paddles around in ever-more-frenetic circles, searching for a way inside the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
November 2, 2010
The result is cacophonous.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
December 9, 2010
In contrast to Shakespeare's gift for weaving words into enchanted worlds, Taymor's Tempest leeches most of the magic out of his language...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jim Vejvoda
IGN Movies
December 13, 2010
The Tempest is like a Shakespearean version of the 1980 Flash Gordon movie, with some zany Baz Luhrmann-esque touches thrown in. Unfortunately, it's not as good as that might make it sound.
Full Review | Original Score: 2 1/2 stars
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 17, 2010
"To go or not to go?" is not the question. "Why?" is the question.
| Original Score: 1/4
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
Matt Stevens
E! Online
December 10, 2010
This gender-switched Tempest lacks energy and thunder (not to mention quality CGI), and fizzles to a disappointing drizzle.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 10, 2010
Taymor's visual pyrotechnics (used better in her 1999 Shakespeare adaptation "Titus") come across as forced, dampening any warmth in Shakespeare's final play.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 7, 2011
Full of crazy spectacle and huge over-elaborate costumes that make look Mirren like a raven constructed out of obsidian shards, and it's all bent towards absolutely no coherent end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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
Geoff Berkshire
December 9, 2010
No amount of gimmicky effects, splendid Hawaiian locations, bombastic music or high-caliber actors can distract from how consistently dull this Tempest is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 16, 2010
With so much going for it, why does The Tempest become a mere storm in a teacup? The reasons are many.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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