Caligula (1979)

This lavish big-budget epic was the pinnacle of a uniquely Italian subgenre, the historical hardcore gore/porn extravaganza. The star-studded cast, perhaps lured by the high-profile involvement of producer Bob Guccione and screenwriter Gore… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 14, 1979
DVD Release Date: October 2, 2007
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Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Endlessly perverse and indulgent, Caligula throws in hardcore sex every time the plot threatens to get interesting.

Variety Staff

Such established names as John Gielgud and Peter O'Toole will have to be seen to be believed.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

For sheer camp RBI, this Tinto Brass-Bob Guccione freak is the World Series played, won, and paraded.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

More infamous for its widespread ineptitude than for its artistic innovation... [Blu-ray]

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Caligula is sickening, utterly worthless, shameful trash. If it is not the worst film I have ever seen, that makes it all the more shameful: People with talent allowed themselves to participate in this travesty.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] If ever there was a filmic guide to pagan Roman debauchery - real or imagined - "Caligula" is it.

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Clint Morris

A classic in the coolest sense of the word

Time Out

All in all it's a dreary shambles.

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Fernando F. Croce

Not so much the culmination of '70s porn-chic cinema as its purposefully degraded last hurrah

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Sublimely ridiculous thesp-filled porno-togarama.

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More reviews for Caligula

Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
An experiment in over excess and pushing boundaries of good taste, Caligula is one of the worst films to ever be made. The problem with the film is that it has… More
Keiko Aya
Now i Believe for a fact is that my dad saw Caligula when it first opened here about 1981, And despite it he really didn't think much of the film like… More
Christian C
Props for making a film like this in 1979...but...what....?!
Aj V
An all star cast works with what they're given in this movie that tells the story of Rome's worst leader, Caligula. I wouldn't recommend… More
Matthew Roe
Okay, this was a hard one for me to review, but actually, shockingly so, not that hard to watch considering the filth that is the film's contents. All… More
Cassandra Maples
This review is for the unrated version of this magnifecent film. Before Rome. Before Gladiator. The most controversial film of all time as you've never… More