Cleopatra (1963)

In 1963, this colossal and opulent $60 million spectacular was epic in every sense of the word -- an epic investment, an epic in the annals of Hollywood gossip, and, ultimately, an epic flop that nearly dragged 20th Century Fox down the… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: June 12, 1963
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Cleopatra is a lush, ostentatious, endlessly eye-popping epic that sags collapses from a (and how could it not?) four-hour runtime.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

Taylor inhabits the role with a focussed but uninhibited imperiousness, as when she turns Cleopatra's entrance into Rome, aboard a giant rolling sphinx, into the ultimate red-carpet photo op.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

[A] general muddle.

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Brooke Corso
The Monitor (McAllen, TX)

To watch this film is to see the Hollywood story itself.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience, for good and ill.

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Variety Staff

Cleopatra is not only a supercolossal eye-filler (the unprecedented budget shows in the physical opulence throughout), but it is also a remarkably literate cinematic recreation of an historic epoch.

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James Plath
Family Home Theater

It may not be as compelling and tightly edited as Ben-Hur, but Cleopatra is still a Hollywood epic that tells a grand story in a grand way. Save it for a night when the family feels like a four-hour spectacle.

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TIME Magazine

Sad to say, however, the deep-revolving, witty Mankiewicz fails most where most he hoped to succeed. As drama and as cinema, Cleopatra is raddled with flaws. It lacks style both in image and in action.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Harrison, doing his waspish don act as Caesar, alone rises above mediocrity.

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Josh Larsen

...a tale of two men being manipulated, and possibly loved, by a powerful and conflicted woman.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Classic epic film from director Joseph L. Mankiewicz , Cleopatra upon its release was an ambitious film with a larger than life production. This is not a… More
Keiko Aya
Project 3 (epic films) Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and staring Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Roddy McDowall and Martin Landau… More
Kevin M. Williams
Strange now as the film was eclipsed by the love affair it started, so that one now views: 1) the story of Antony and Cleopatra, a real life tragedy for the… More
Devon Bott
In the tradition of great hollywood epics of the time, such as Spartacus and Ben Hur comes a film often quoted as the most expensive film ever made (according… More
Alexis Nomm
Oh wow, this movie was really, really long. About 4+ hours long. But the costumes were beautiful, Elizabeth was beautiful and the story was very romantic, in a… More
Veronique Kwak
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