Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Sumptuous and beautiful, suffused with a serene melancholy and deeply ambivalent love for a long-vanished past, Luchino Visconti's 1963 The Leopard is one of the greatest of all historical costume epics.
  2. Reviewed by: Bosley Crowther
    For the most part, Nino Rota's music provides a rich melodic surrounding for the pictorial magnificence, and a heretofore unknown Verdi waltz that is played at the ball at the finish appropriately supplements this remarkably vivid, panoramic, and eventually morbid show. (Review of Original Release)
  3. 100
    The Leopard was written by the only man who could have written it, directed by the only man who could have directed it, and stars the only man who could have played its title character.
  4. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    One of the greatest of all epics.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    This is a gorgeous, fascinating account of the interplay between the personal and the social, directed with the kind of insight that only an aristocrat turned Marxist like Visconti could afford. (Review of Original Release)
  6. 100
    Virtually every Super Technirama frame of Luchino Visconti's 1963 masterpiece The Leopard could be described as "painterly" in its ornate details and exquisitely balanced color compositions. (Review of DVD Release)
  7. 100
    The Leopard is the greatest film of its kind made since World War II—its only rivals are Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon" and Visconti's own "Senso."
  8. 100
    The film is a glittering triumph of personal expression at its most elegant and opulent.
  9. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Italy's top bestseller of recent literary history, Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa's The Leopard comes to the screen in a magnificent film, munificently outfitted and splendidly acted by a large cast dominated by Burt Lancaster. (Review of Original Release)
  10. 100
    Watching this masterwork allows you to return to the filmmaking sensibility of the 1960s, when epics looked like epics.
  11. 100
    The film's superb first two hours, which weave social and historical themes into rich personal drama, turn out to be only a prelude to the magnificent final hour--an extended ballroom sequence that leaves history behind to become one of the most moving meditations on individual mortality in the history of the cinema. (Review of 1983 Release)
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jul 11, 2012
    Excellent characterization. Passionate story. But it is very long and sometimes boring. The technical level is quite good. Also did not like the end of the story. Full Review »
  2. Aug 27, 2010
    "The Leopard" is the epic war drama that "Gone With The Wind" wished it could be. Plus Burt Lancaster is a bamf and Claudia Cardinale is a hottie. What more can you ask for? Full Review »
  3. Sep 1, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Superb direction.
    Painfully accurate for the era and the people.
    Hey, when is the last time you saw a film set in Pre-Garibaldi Italy and went to a gala ball, and had a chance to view a room full of chamberpots?
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