Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Dec 16, 2010
    Boasting a plot that's heavy on the magical shenanigans, this pretty and poetic adaptation of Shakespeare's play is a fantasia for the smart set, a literary novelty for anyone who wants to have fun without giving up food for thought. On that score, at least, it delivers, in spades.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 10, 2010
    I found myself wishing that Taymor would turn off the sound and fury and let The Tempest speak for itself. My wish wasn't granted.
  3. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Dec 16, 2010
    For a filmmaker like Julie Taymor, Shakespeare's language isn't nearly as enticing as Prospero's violent manipulation of the elements, and this screen adaptation of the play-like her egregious Beatles movie "Across the Universe" (2007)-is primarily an exercise in eccentric (and, I would argue, empty) spectacle.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 10, 2010
    Less the opulent retelling she (Taymor) intended and more like a high-minded midnight movie, filled with Ricky's-style costumes, black swans, sprites that flit across the screen and a cave filled with boiling beakers.
  5. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Dec 10, 2010
    A surprisingly unengaging and charmless fantasy from a director whose previous films ("Across the Universe," "Titus," "Frida") were, despite their other issues, never boring.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 7, 2010
    A tiresome mess that's completely bereft of a quiet moment in speech or manner, The Tempest aches for the wisdom of discipline.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jan 1, 2012
    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. Full Review »
  2. Jan 15, 2012
    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. Full Review »