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Film historian William K. Everson once observed that the secret to the success of Cecil B. DeMille's 1934 Cleopatra is that DeMille subtly reshaped the known historical events into a contemporary "gold-digger makes good" scenario. Exhibiting the same determination with which Barbara Stanwyck sleeps her way to the top in 1933's Baby Face, Queen Cleopatra (Claudette Colbert) uses her feminine wiles to become sole ruler of Egypt. By turns kittenish and cold-blooded, Cleopatra wraps such otherwise responsible Roman worthies as Julius Caesar (Warren William, who wittily plays his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"... DeMille's lavish but stilted film... is all production value and no style."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"It's fun to watch -- no, it's stunning to watch, because of all the money that DeMille and company threw at the screen."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Despite many incongruous elements, like treating the text as soap opera and the dialogue as gossip, this is one of DeMille's most enjoyable films, superior to Mankiewicz 1963 version, in large part due to Claudette Colbert's sexy interpretation."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Typical overblown DeMille "historical" spectacle."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"DeMille at his most DeMille."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"The master showman Cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra (1934) is a modernistic 1930s costume spectacle that reshapes the Cleopatra story"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
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