Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
  1. 88
    A brilliant and absurd film of "Titus Andronicus" that goes over the top, doubles back and goes over the top again.
  2. 80
    Taymor's visual and visceral flair makes Titus a grabber.
  3. A film of audacity and total gut-level appeal.
  4. One of Hollywood's bloodiest and goofiest adaptations.
  5. Makes the best possible argument for a cautionary drama that contemplates the absolute worst in us.
  6. Remains a sampling of stagy scenes barreling to a gruesome climax, parts greater than the sum of the whole.
  7. The director bludgeons us dumb with her genius.
  8. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Much of it is inspired, some of it is downright awful, but it does entertain, even as it threatens to drown its generally fine cast in a flood of blood and sundry body parts.
  9. There's something hideously pretentious about the whole thing.
  10. More travesty than tragedy.
  11. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Taymor makes the action clear and easy to follow with her bold physicalization of the story and forceful direction of an astutely chosen cast.
  12. Julie Taymor's beautifully stylized but nauseatingly violent adaptation of Shakespeare's first play.
  13. 88
    Taymor conjures images that are as indelible as they are wordlessly articulate.
  14. 40
    A nonstop carnival of murder, rape, and mutilation .
  15. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Vivid, relevant and of elevating scariness.
  16. 18
    Invoking unpleasant memories of "Caligula" (only without the sex), Titus does no justice to Shakespeare.
  17. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    A brilliant production of a mediocre play.
  18. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    An often gorgeous, dizzying assault of ideas and visual's just not very good.
  19. Rescues a rarely performed tragedy and makes a brilliant case that it is the Shakespeare play for our time.
  20. 30
    Even the most shocking elements of the story are made bland by childish overkill.
  21. 30
    Like so many self-conscious directors, Julie Taymor wrecks Shakespeare's already disastrous play with her own horrific vision.
  22. Gorgeous in its gore and, for all its destruction, despair and death, concludes on an optimistic and vibrantly alive note.
  23. 80
    Taymor moves Titus completely out of time and into all time.
  24. 60
    Taymor has done an inspired job of resurrecting one of Shakespeare's unruliest works, just in time for the new century.
  25. Visually brilliant and thought-provoking.
  26. 88
    Once you get used to the broad gestures, visual stylings and reach-for-the-sky emotions, you may find yourself luxuriating in this movie's undeniable grandeur.
  27. There's a lot to talk about but so much outrageousness that the end effect is wearying and not a little absurd.
  28. Reviewed by: Robert Faires
    A spectacularly imaginative piece of Shakespearean cinema.
  29. Reviewed by: Don Kaye
    A surreal and visually dazzling smorgasbord of pageantry, high camp, tragedy, spectacle, and gore.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jan 16, 2011
    Titus is a visually stunning film with one of Shakespeare's classic, when I saw this movie I thought it was kind of like a mix betweenTitus is a visually stunning film with one of Shakespeare's classic, when I saw this movie I thought it was kind of like a mix between Brazil, 300, and Titus the Shakespeare play. Since Im a fan of surrealism,I was really happy to see all these objects that don't go together in this movie, like video games and Roman temples, It made this movie feel like it came out of the mind of some one reading the Shakespeare script. The thing that brought this movie down was the gore,but its not the movies fault the play is one of Shakespeare's bloodiest work and the movie was doing its job well. However the bottom line is its a good movie. Full Review »