Cymbeline
Cymbeline (2015)

This is a gritty story of a take-no-prisoners war between dirty cops and a drug-dealing biker gang. When extortion, betrayal, and fiery passions threaten his criminal empire, a drug kingpin is driven to desperate measures in this explosive… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 19, 2015
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Anthony Lane
New Yorker

What we get-a bitty and begrimed romance-has a lyrical sway of its own, and, even if some of the cast seem lost in the lines, Hawke returns to save the day, and the movie.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

The film has moments of real wit and stylish brutality, but its nods to modernity (motorcycles, iPads, Google) just feel like self-conscious stunts.

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

Michael Almereyda's modernized adaptation of Cymbeline comes to the screen with a number of flaws, including an overstuffed plot and a questionable structure.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

If too many filmmakers try to amp up the excitement in Shakespeare with movie magic, Almereyda goes to the opposite extreme in Cymbeline.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

"Cymbeline" has been branded a tragedy, a tragicomedy and a romance, and Mr. Almereyda embraces all three categories. The movie is by turns grim, grimly amusing and romantic, sometimes at once.

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

... strips down the Bard's narrative and ramps up the sex and violence, which is fine, but as with other such projects, the anachronistic dialogue is awkward and the storytelling is muddled and convoluted.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

A mash-up of social media shortcomings and Shakespearean tragedy that becomes as much a tale of cinematic ambition gone awry as anything the Bard intended.

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Keith Uhlich
AV Club

Almereyda tackles one of the Bard's lesser-regarded later works, the plot-heavy tragicomedy Cymbeline, and again unearths untold depths.

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Travis Hopson
Examiner.com

Almereyda never gives us a reason why this particular Shakespeare story is relevant for today, and thus worthy of being retold. Perhaps he watched too much Sons of Anarchy?

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