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  • Summary: In this Shakespearean fantastical thriller, the sorceress Prospera (switched from the original Prospero) orchestrates spirits, monsters, a grief-stricken king, a wise old councillor, two treacherous brothers and a storm at sea into a fantastical journey filled with banishment, sorcery and betrayal. The shipwreck catapults the collision of two hapless lovers, who stir their budding emotions, and eventually seal their fate. (Talk Story Productions)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Dec 16, 2010
    75
    Although there is some gimmickry, this is one of the most straightforward versions of the Tempest ever filmed, making it edifying as well as -- when Taymor hits a groove -- dazzling.
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Dec 9, 2010
    67
    The best thing about Taymor's Tempest is also the worst: It's not stunning but it is sturdy, a handsome-enough showcase of a film that never really comes to life. It plays like a challenge politely declined.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Mar 5, 2011
    60
    Taymor's winningly cast, imaginative take on Shakespeare passes the test of bringing the Bard to film. It may also be the only PG Disney film to contain the word "F---".
  4. Reviewed by: John P. McCarthy
    Dec 7, 2010
    50
    Compact if not cohesive, this is an Age of Aquarius-meets-"Mamma Mia"! distillation of The Tempest.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    The film simply doesn't come together fluidly. Smaller parts aren't on par with the lead role, and special effects are overdone and cheesy. At times, the essence of Shakespeare's poetry is drowned out.
  6. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Dec 9, 2010
    40
    Ms. Taymor's overscaled sense of stage spectacle can be impressive and effective, even moving, but her three-dimensional, high-volume compositions translate awkwardly into the cosmos of cinema, which turns her pageantry into mummery and the physical exuberance she likes to draw from performers into mugging.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 7, 2010
    20
    A tiresome mess that's completely bereft of a quiet moment in speech or manner, The Tempest aches for the wisdom of discipline.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jan 1, 2012
    10
    Great adaptation. Great cast. Djimon Hounsou and Russell Brand are brilliant in their roles. Negative Critics (i.e unimaginative expectationists) are dead wrong. Helen Mirren was great in it. Thoroughly engaging. Great music, singing and dance/visual choreography. Fantastic cinematography. Expand
  2. Jan 15, 2012
    3
    As an stage actor playing Caliban currently I would like to say that this movie is deeply flawed. Helen Mirrren is excellent as usual and a great choice for Prospero and stands out among a very uneven cast. The biggest problem with this film is the direction. The visual effects were laughably bad. Much of the movie reads like a perfume commercial. Another huge problem was two of the most important characters in the Tempest, Caliban and Ariel. Both were so downplayed as to almost be nonexistent. A terrible adaptation of an amazing classic with some stand out moments and performances. Overall, a deeply flawed re-imagining. Expand

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