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6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10

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  1. 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 theAs 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
  2. 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.
Metascore
43

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: 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---".
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Dec 16, 2010
    50
    Sad news for Bard watchers: Julie Taymor's adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Tempest is not such stuff as dreams are made on.