Total Eclipse
Total Eclipse (1995)

This historical drama, directed by Agnieszka Holland, focuses on the rocky relationship between the renowned 19th century French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine. Rimbaud (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a teenage wunderkind known for his… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 3, 1995
DVD Release Date: December 21, 1999
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

A misguided project from Holland: Watching Verlaine and Rimbeau engage in endless arguments about the nature of love, you wonder when they had time to create the poetry that revolutionized the world.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

a noble effort to capture Rimbaud's genius, but it fails to take enough risks to get close to the enigmatic poet.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Fascinating biopic marred by Di Caprio's performance.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A disappointing biography about the homosexual relationship of two famous 19th century French poets.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Despite its fascinating subject matter, Total Eclipse is both unflattering and loveless.

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Ed Gonzalez
Apollo Guide

The Rimbaud seen here is less a poet warrior than cloying brat.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
A young Leonardo...already an outstanding actor. He absolutely stole this film as his own even at such a young age. I love period dramas, and biographical… More
Cameron Johnson
Opening credits go on way too long, there is some vacany in the story's execution and the film also slips to some other lows. Still, DiCaprio is, get this,… More
Thomas Johnston
David Thewlis is such a horrible actor that it destroyed this movie. This was a great performance for Leonardo DiCaprio and I feel his portrayal was the only… More
Naughtia Nahazhina
This story takes place in the 19th century where two French male poets, Verlaine and Rimbaud, start a taboo like love affair. Verlaine is recently married and… More
Jason Owens
I must've been pretty darn bored the day I decided to watch this, and must've been willing to watch just about any movie. It's based on a true… More
Mike T.
As far as my expectations go, this film meets them completely. That being said, it suffers from boundless problems that even I can't ignore. Directorially… More