Cleopatra (1963)

In 1963, this colossal and opulent $60 million spectacular was epic in every sense of the word -- an epic investment, an epic in the annals of Hollywood gossip, and, ultimately, an epic flop that nearly dragged 20th Century Fox down the… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: April 3, 2001
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Taylor inhabits the role with a focussed but uninhibited imperiousness, as when she turns Cleopatra's entrance into Rome, aboard a giant rolling sphinx, into the ultimate red-carpet photo op.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

[A] general muddle.

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Four-hour visual stunner requires patience, maturity.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience, for good and ill.

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Variety Staff

Cleopatra is not only a supercolossal eye-filler (the unprecedented budget shows in the physical opulence throughout), but it is also a remarkably literate cinematic recreation of an historic epoch.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The film has a spectacular variety of liabilities (and, to be fair, strengths as well), but the most visible and crushing is that's an utter dud as a star vehicle.

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TIME Magazine

Sad to say, however, the deep-revolving, witty Mankiewicz fails most where most he hoped to succeed. As drama and as cinema, Cleopatra is raddled with flaws. It lacks style both in image and in action.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Harrison, doing his waspish don act as Caesar, alone rises above mediocrity.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A lumbering monstrosity of a movie with all manner of preposterous hairstyles and improbable fashions. Worth seeing -- once anyway -- at least as wayward legend.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Classic epic film from director Joseph L. Mankiewicz , Cleopatra upon its release was an ambitious film with a larger than life production. This is not a… More
Keiko Aya
Project 3 (epic films) Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and staring Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Roddy McDowall and Martin Landau… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Strange now as the film was eclipsed by the love affair it started, so that one now views: 1) the story of Antony and Cleopatra, a real life tragedy for the… More
Devon Bott
In the tradition of great hollywood epics of the time, such as Spartacus and Ben Hur comes a film often quoted as the most expensive film ever made (according… More
Alexis Nomm
Oh wow, this movie was really, really long. About 4+ hours long. But the costumes were beautiful, Elizabeth was beautiful and the story was very romantic, in a… More
Veronique Kwak
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