Coriolanus (2011)

Caius Martius 'Coriolanus' (Ralph Fiennes), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave) to seek the exalted… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 13, 2011
DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Visceral and visually striking, Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus proves Shakespeare can still be both electrifying and relevant in a modern context.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

The other actors do their best to help Fiennes define this curious anti-hero. Incapable of playing the role of peacetime compromiser, his Coriolanus comes across as a warrior who simply can't function without a war.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Fiennes leads a cast that, at least in the major roles, is uniformly powerful.

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Lynden Barber

Fiennes, who previously played the title role in a celebrated London theatre, makes a suitably haughty and intense Coriolanus, while Vanessa Redgrave is in terrific form as the general's influential mother.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

The film has fifth-act problems, as did the play, but Fiennes' bleak overview should leave receptive viewers feeling daunted and haunted.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Coriolanus" is a triumph.

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Sarah Marrs

This play very rarely gets performed in any medium, so for Shakespeare enthusiasts I'd say it's a must-see but you can skip it if that's not your bag.

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Greg Quill
Toronto Star

The play's inherent difficulties notwithstanding, Coriolanus, the movie, is a perfectly sound achievement.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Slathered in blood, covered with scars and glowering with a predator's gaze, Ralph Fiennes makes a fierce and impressive Caius Martius Coriolanus.

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Glenn Dunks

Why Fiennes chose to use Shakespearean text is confusing, especially when he must have known that Coriolanus isn't the most recognisable of Shakespeare's plays.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
Fiennes gives an explosive performance however the movie leaves a bitter taste. Modern day view of a Shakespearean play which i felt didn't really work.… More
Al S
It`s Shakespeare meets The Hurt Locker. A tremendously entertaining and electrifying film. A stylish, lean, muscular and gripping modern drama that packs… More
Jim Hunter
An anti-democratic Roman general battles a rival general and later creates a public relations nightmare. It's been almost two decades since I've seen… More
Christian C
Not the most impressive performances by Fiennes or Butler. Brian Cox is fantastic, however. Vanessa Redgrave seems like she's just getting old.… More
Manu Gino
Nature Teaches Beasts to Know Their Friends Decent Shakesperian based movie! Shakespeare's dramas may well be set up in a contemporary set, because the… More
Chris Weber
Full disclosure: I've never read the play this is based on. In fact, I had never heard of this "lesser" Shakespeare until I saw the trailer. And… More