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Based on 28 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 38
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Not a mediocre film. It is, by turns, a great and awful film. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The film simply doesn't come together fluidly. 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. show more

  • 30
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Less the opulent retelling she (Taymor) intended and more like a high-minded midnight movie, filled with Ricky's-style costumes, black swans, sprites that flit across the screen and a cave filled with boiling beakers. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 50
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Despite dramatic Hawaiian locations, up-to-date visual effects and a bit of nontraditional casting, the movie feels not especially brave and far from new. show more

  • 75
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Veering between the windswept and the simply windy, The Tempest, I suspect, will provoke purists and only intermittently win the attention of less interested parties. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    She (Taymor) doesn't capture Shakespeare's tone (or his meaning, I believe), but she certainly has boldness in her reinvention. show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    She tackled "The Tempest" on stage, years ago. On screen I wish she'd (Taymor) adapted it with a freer hand, and then directed it with a more considered one. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    A comparison to Baz Luhrmann is useful: Where Taymor self-consciously aestheticizes pop vulgarity, a movie like "Moulin Rouge!" just dives right in. show more

  • August 04, 2012 hglewis1
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    Impossible, sexist, and an insult to the Bard,

  • September 24, 2011 roxiebellebr549
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    Definitely a disappointing and boring movie

  • August 23, 2011 ax00000000100466
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    This one of the worst movie of all time bar none, you want to waste your time or need something to put you to sleep then this would be the movie for you. sooooooooooo bad!!!!

  • August 04, 2011 fq00000000098711
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