The Tempest
The Tempest (2010)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 10, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 20, 2011
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Julie Taymor's gender-swapping of roles and some frenzied special effects can't quite disguise an otherwise stagey, uninspired take on Shakespeare's classic.

Cath Clarke
Time Out

You expect Nicolas Cage to pop up from behind a sand dune on a Harley brandishing a rocket launcher.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Julie Taymor has a theatre director's idea of how movies work. That's not a compliment.

David Denby
New Yorker

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...

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine

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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Primarily an exercise in eccentric (and, I would argue, empty) spectacle.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

There are two reasons to watch The Tempest: if you're a fan of Shakespeare, or a fan of Helen Mirren.

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Flixster Audience Score: 28% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
This one is hard to keep up with because of languaged used, old english. Has a good plot. 3 stars
Walter M.
Once the Duchess of Milan, Prospera(Helen Mirren) has suffered through twelve years of exile which have done little to lower her ire at those she finds… More
Cynthia S.
Apparently very well made. Apparently very wonderful actors. Apparently Shakespeare was a genius. Apparently I just don't understand it....and I tried for… More
Jeff Talbott
The new film version of THE TEMPEST STARRNG JULIE TAYMOR - oh wait, is that the title? Maybe not. Maybe it's just THE TEMPEST. But it's always oh,… More
Cast: Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones, Reeve Carney, Alfred Molina, Russell Brand, Djimon Hounsou, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Tom Conti, David Strathairn, Ben… More
Mark K
There's a lamentable tendency to feel the need to dress up and stylize everything these days to attract an audience, and Julie Taymor's adaptation of… More