The Tempest
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The sorceress Prospera's journey spirals through vengeance to forgiveness as she reigns over a magical island, cares for her young daughter, Miranda, and unleashes her powers against shipwrecked enemies in this exciting, masterly mix of romance, tragicomedy and the supernatural.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

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"You expect Nicolas Cage to pop up from behind a sand dune on a Harley brandishing a rocket launcher."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Normally I'd watch Helen Mirren in anything, even if she was just putting out the laundry or reading the phone book. But, given the roteness of her line readings here, it might have been better if the phone book rather than Shakespeare was her text."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Dispensing with tableau compositions, this adaptation feels liberated from static theatrical and, to a lesser degree, cinematic convention by the overall openness of its staging and camerawork that's somewhere between handheld and Steadicam."
‑ Violet Lucca, Film Comment Magazine
"Taymor tries a little too hard, neither breaking nor broken by the play, but ultimately losing the wrestling match. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"While this had the potential to be a stirring cinematic experience, director Julie Taymor's trademark innovation and visual flair never soars."
‑ Cara Nash, FILMINK (Australia)
"Taymor, by turning Prospero into a woman while retaining an "imperialist" view of Caliban, will no doubt simultaneously please and enrage left-wing critics. The rest of us can enjoy the movie's strengths..."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"The costumes designed by Sandy Powell - leather gowns and military uniforms, Renaissance in silhouette and detailed with zippers - are the film's most arresting element."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"There are two reasons to watch The Tempest: if you're a fan of Shakespeare, or a fan of Helen Mirren."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Taymor excels at creating visuals that are so beautiful you want to hang every frame on your wall, but content-wise this film falls really flat."
‑ Grae Drake, Movies.com
"Shakespeare is spinning in his grave."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
"Primarily an exercise in eccentric (and, I would argue, empty) spectacle."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Most plays-turned-movies try to open things up. Taymor still thinks like a theater director, ending up with a "Tempest" that takes place in a teapot."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Hundreds of years ago, Shakespeare would have never imagined this story could look like Taymor's vision."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The film has plenty of detractors who see Taymor's approach as strained and overwrought, but Mirren finds some grace notes that no Prospero could ever have sounded."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"As a re-imagining, particularly by a director so well renowned, The Tempest is depressingly pedestrian."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
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