Titus

1999

Titus (1999)

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Critic Consensus: The movie stretches too long to be entertaining despite a strong cast.

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In this epic tale of revenge, Anthony Hopkins stars as Titus Andonicus, the Roman general who sows the seeds of vengeance when he executes the son of the enemy Queen, played by Jessica Lange. The repercussions of his action are revealed when the vindictive woman becomes the new wife of the Roman Emperor.

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Critic Reviews for Titus

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (22)

A conditional victory.

Jun 17, 2008
Variety
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A consistently absorbing entertainment that never becomes either campy or facetious, given its inescapable exaggerations.

Apr 27, 2007 | Full Review…
Observer
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A striking addition to the Shakespeare filmography.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Hopkins unwisely echoes his performance as Hannibal Lecter, but Lange rises to the occasion with a mesmerizingly in-your-face portrait of mother love gone haywire.

Jul 21, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Houston Chronicle
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Along with everything else, the acting styles here clash, though the dissonance serves the drama's bellicose theme.

Apr 25, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/4

Jessica Lange as Tamora, the captured Goth queen, seethes with sexuality and vengeance.

May 11, 2001 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Titus

My favorite Shakespeare movie. Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange are terrific. Visually impressive.

Christian C
Christian C

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½

Fantastic crazy fun, Shakespeare was truly ahead of it's time. Hopkins was great, same goes for the rest of the cast, specially Lennix and Cumming.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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I was captured once tied and beaten for 3 days, I suffered less pain from that, then this movie. But it just goes to show you I WILL WATCH ANYTHING! Have to admit that the costumes were out of this world, and Anthony Hopkins proves he can play any part with 100 percent success, but I can only put one star on it, Now will someone take of these handcuffs and untie me.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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½

OH EM GEE Julie Taymor. You too, Will. I've never read this Shakespeare play and after seeing this textually faithful adaption (from what I hear), I don't understand why the play isn't more popular. It's like Sin City set in the Roman Empire. Amoral people committing violent acts for violence's sake. Heroes brought down by tragic flaws of hubris and nearsightedness. Inexplicable sacrifice made in the name of honor, revenge, piety. And the dialogue is hella sexy: Chiron: "You have undone our mother." Aaron: "Villain, I have done thy mother." Taymor's mishmash of genres and periods is so convoluted, yet compelling. I could have done without the little boy guide though.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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