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Caius Martius 'Coriolanus' (Ralph Fiennes), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave) to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs in order to secure the office. When the public refuses to support him, Coriolanus's anger prompts a riot that culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to take his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The other actors do their best to help Fiennes define this curious anti-hero. Incapable of playing the role of peacetime compromiser, his Coriolanus comes across as a warrior who simply can't function without a war."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Fiennes leads a cast that, at least in the major roles, is uniformly powerful."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Why Fiennes chose to use Shakespearean text is confusing, especially when he must have known that Coriolanus isn't the most recognisable of Shakespeare's plays."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Coriolanus is Shakespeare done right; Ralph Fiennes takes a play about Roman war and hubris and turns it into a violently charismatic pic."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"Should shut up the whining voices of Philistines who openly wonder why Shakespeare still matters."
‑ William Bibbiani, CraveOnline
"The film has fifth-act problems, as did the play, but Fiennes' bleak overview should leave receptive viewers feeling daunted and haunted."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
""Coriolanus" is a triumph."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A powerful and relevant Shakespeare adaptation that firecely brings the story to life."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"As good as all the men are, it's Vanessa Redgrave who steals the movie."
‑ Perry Seibert, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Fiennes creates a pitiless world without refuge, where neither the soft nor the unbending can survive."
‑ David Jays, Sight and Sound
"The play's inherent difficulties notwithstanding, Coriolanus, the movie, is a perfectly sound achievement."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"Slathered in blood, covered with scars and glowering with a predator's gaze, Ralph Fiennes makes a fierce and impressive Caius Martius Coriolanus."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Fiennes' blend of action and homage is top-notch, as is direction.... Fiennes created his own modern world for which it's easy to suspend disbelief."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"If this is how Fiennes rolls behind the camera, our next great director has raised his fist to the skies."
‑ Erick Weber, NECN
"Coriolanus plays a bit flat at times, but it's a challenging, and even exciting, piece of cinema that's sure to inspire much love from Shakespeare enthusiasts."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
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