Orlando (1992)

Independent filmmaker Sally Potter's gender-bending epic, which views four centuries of sexual politics through the eyes of a sex-switching main character, is based on the 1928 novel by Virginia Woolf. The androgynous title character is… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 3, 1999
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dan Kois

A silly and serious work of art that isn't afraid to entertain.

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

It is a time-tripping, gender-bending fantasia with a cunning feminist edge, featuring the strikingly androgynous Tilda Swinton in the title role.

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Eric Kohn

Eighteen years after its initial theatrical release, "Orlando" returns to theaters with all of its original allure intact, and then some.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

Swinton's androgynous affect has rarely been better exploited: It's a kick to see her transition among Orlando's numerous identities, whether wooing a Russian princess or submitting to the charms of the horseback-riding Shelmerdine.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's very specifically planned, and defiantly oddball.

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Matthew Connolly
Slant Magazine

Rarely have source material, director, and leading actress been more in alignment than in Orlando, the 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel, directed by Sally Potter and starring Tilda Swinton.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is the kind of movie you want to talk about afterward.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

Potter recreates four centuries of British cultural history in painterly images and austerely constructed settings...

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Warmer color and sound enhance this new release print, but the film's wry humor, action fantasy, and a literary leaning may make for tough sledding with today's viewers.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Cassandra Maples
Simply put one of the best movies I have ever seen. The cast is amazing and deliver in their performances, the stunning visuals and beautiful music combine to… More
Elvira B
This is Sally Potter's beautiful, otherworldly adaptation of Virginia Woolf's story. Orlando reaches a tone, a temperature, a state of dream-like… More
xGary Xx
A young nobleman in the seventeenth century makes a promise to his Queen to never grow old, living on through to the twentieth after undergoing the… More
Keysha H
This epic film had me glued to the TV. This is a gender bending ride through history!
Drew Smith
A true forgotten classic. Watching Orlando is heartbreaking because you know they're never going to make another film as bizarre or beautiful as this ever… More
Cindy I
I liked this OK, although I'm not really sure I understood it. Anyone?