Orlando (1993)

Independent filmmaker Sally Potter's gender-bending epic, which views four centuries of sexual politics through the eyes of a sex-switching main character, is based on the 1928 novel by Virginia Woolf. The androgynous title character is… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 9, 1993
DVD Release Date: August 3, 1999
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Orlando can't match its visual delights with equally hefty narrative -- but it's so much fun to watch that it doesn't need to.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

The good news about this historical vaudeville is that Orlando's consciousness, like his/her gender, is a delightful work-in-progress.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Reminiscent of the low-budget lushness of the early films of Peter Greenaway and Ken Russell, Orlando could turn out to be the art-house smash of the summer.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Unlike anything onscreen this month or this year, Orlando is serious, provocative and sometimes funny fare. Novelist Virginia Woolf might well be pleased.

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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune

What it lacks in coherence it makes up for in sheer spectacle.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Potter possesses a natural gracefulness in presentation that helps a little but, finally, not nearly enough. Orlando is vague when she means it to be mysterious, coy when it ought to be witty, familiar when it should be bold.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

Writer-director Sally Potter's film, based on the classic Virginia Woolf novel, is a lyrical history lesson on the nature of sexual politics.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Though visually impressive and assured, it is the hollowest of successes, all chic set design, smug posturing and self-satisfied attitude.

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James Berardinelli

See Orlando for its fabulous costumes, fascinating look at changing eras, and impressive performance by Tilda Swinton. Viewing this film for other reasons will almost certainly lead to a negative impression.

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Matt Prigge
Philadelphia Weekly

Credit where credit is due: Potter more or less successfully converted a crazy, overflowing tome into something simple and attractive.

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Cassandra Maples
Simply put one of the best movies I have ever seen. The cast is amazing and deliver in their performances, the stunning visuals and beautiful music combine to… More
Elvira B
This is Sally Potter's beautiful, otherworldly adaptation of Virginia Woolf's story. Orlando reaches a tone, a temperature, a state of dream-like… More
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A young nobleman in the seventeenth century makes a promise to his Queen to never grow old, living on through to the twentieth after undergoing the… More
Hogans Hero
This epic film had me glued to the TV. This is a gender bending ride through history!
Drew Smith
A true forgotten classic. Watching Orlando is heartbreaking because you know they're never going to make another film as bizarre or beautiful as this ever… More
Cindy I
I liked this OK, although I'm not really sure I understood it. Anyone?