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The Tempest Reviews

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
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...
December 17, 2010
Primarily an exercise in eccentric (and, I would argue, empty) spectacle.
December 17, 2010
Normally I'd watch Helen Mirren in anything, even if she was just putting out the laundry or reading the phone book. But, given the roteness of her line readings here, it might have been better if the phone book rather than Shakespeare was her text.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 17, 2010
The costumes designed by Sandy Powell - leather gowns and military uniforms, Renaissance in silhouette and detailed with zippers - are the film's most arresting element.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 17, 2010
Most plays-turned-movies try to open things up. Taymor still thinks like a theater director, ending up with a "Tempest" that takes place in a teapot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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
December 16, 2010
The effects are dazzling, the cast is stellar, the play is timeless, the movie is wretched.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
December 16, 2010
The best sequences in "Tempest'' are all quiet, not that there are many of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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 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.
December 10, 2010
I found myself wishing that Taymor would turn off the sound and fury and let The Tempest speak for itself. My wish wasn't granted.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 10, 2010
Mirren, of course, is wonderful - in those few scenes when the CGI stops. But those rare moments are separated by tedious songs and far too many close-ups of Ariel laughing, laughing, laughing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
December 10, 2010
A surprisingly unengaging and charmless fantasy from a director whose previous films ("Across the Universe," "Titus," "Frida") were, despite their other issues, never boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 9, 2010
It's unimaginatively staged and poorly acted by everyone involved, especially Russell Brand, who has never seemed so lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 9, 2010
Ms. Taymor's overscaled sense of stage spectacle can be impressive and effective, even moving, but her three-dimensional, high-volume compositions translate awkwardly into the cosmos of cinema.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
December 9, 2010
Smaller parts aren't on par with the lead role, and special effects are overdone and cheesy. At times, the essence of Shakespeare's poetry is drowned out.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 9, 2010
Taymor seems to have assembled an interesting cast and colorful costumes and chosen a fitting locale-some scenic, forbidding corners of Hawaii-and hoped for the best. Occasionally she gets it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 8, 2010
Too often the visual effects in The Tempest' look like something that would have seemed high-tech during the early days of MTV.
December 8, 2010
Theatrically ambitious, musically busy, and in the end cinematically inert...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 8, 2010
A tiresome mess that's completely bereft of a quiet moment in speech or manner, The Tempest aches for the wisdom of discipline.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 7, 2010
There's sound and fury, but the result is more drizzle than tempest.
November 10, 2010
Just another example of middling, muddled Shakespeare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 14, 2010
Far less daring than her 1999 Titus, which took an electrifying, stylized approach of a lesser-known play, The Tempest in comparison looks disappointingly middle-of-the-road.
September 12, 2010
So kitschy, yet curiously drab and banal.