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The troubled friendship and occasional rivalry between two of England's greatest poets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, is explored in an unorthodox light in this historical drama from renegade director Julian Temple. As Coleridge (Linus Roache), Wordsworth (John Hannah), and Lord Byron (Guy Lankester) await the news of who will be Great Britain's new poet laureate in 1816, Coleridge finds himself thinking back to 1795, when he and Wordsworth were two struggling writers involved in radical politics. Embracing the ideal of an agrarian society, Coleridge moves to the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

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"Goes a long way toward capturing the compelling delirium of opium among a crowd of freethinking British iconoclasts."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"A harebrained, awkward, and dramatically muddled historical pageant."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Mr. Showbiz
"It's probably somewhat ironic that 'Pandaemonium' would have been far more appealing if its central characters were hoi-polloi poetic wannabes."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Successfully gets to the heart of the obsessions that drive great writers -- and will have you dusting down your old school copy of the 'Lyrical Ballads'!"
‑ Sandi Chaitram, BBC
"As a visual counterpart to some of the most sublime verse ever written, it's often thrilling."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Literate and handsome."
‑ Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times
"The exposition is thick, the characterization choppy, the wigs terrible."
‑ Jessica Winter, Village Voice
"A watchable but silly biopic melodrama about the relationship between fellow romantic poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Linus Roache) and William Wordsworth (John Hannah)..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Well-intentioned and at the same time sadly indulgent as [Temple] modifies history to suit the MTV generation."
‑ Bruce Feld, Film Journal International
"You Should Pay Nine Bucks to See This If: You liked Velvet Goldmine or Lisztomania."
‑ Dave White, IFilm
"Historically and dramatically dubious."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The appeal will ... be restricted to art house audiences who don't mind people messing with their literary history."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"if one is to judge "Pandaemonium" on its own merits as a work of fiction, for the most part it succeeds."
‑ Ted Murphy,
"As a paean to the power of imagination, Pandaemonium is an impressive work."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The tale has no rhyme or reason."
‑ , E! Online
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