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Coriolanus

6/10
War . Drama . Thriller
 

Caius Martius, aka Coriolanus, is an arrogant and fearsome general who has built a career on protecting Rome from its enemies. Pushed by his ambitious mother to seek the position of consul, Coriolanus is at odds with the masses and unpopular with certain colleagues. When a riot results in his expulsion from Rome, Coriolanus seeks out his sworn enemy, Tullus Aufidius. Together, the pair vow to destroy the great city.

 
Actors: Dragan Mićanović , John Kani , Brian Cox , James Nesbitt , Vanessa Redgrave , Jessica Chastain , Ashraf Barhom , Lubna Azabal , Ralph Fiennes , Gerard Butler
Directors: Ralph Fiennes
Country: UK
Release: 2012-01-20
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  • Joe Williams

    That action is bloody, but Fiennes' choices as director are unassailably apt and artful. Coriolanus is a triumph.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Fiennes' crackerjack Coriolanus stays true to the clever, almost mean-spirited twists and turns of the story, and preserves the authentic flavor and texture of the language.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Ray Bennett

    Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in Coriolanus as William Shakespeare's Rambo in a production that delivers heavyweight screen acting at its best.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    In lesser hands, this could have easily been some seriously detestable John Wayne jingoism. But via Fiennes, the film is a spiky and complex counterweight to Hollywood sentiment and indie cynicism alike.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    As played by Ralph Fiennes in his own cinematic adaptation of the play, Coriolanus' military genius makes him a figure of awe, but it's his near-absence of empathy that makes him terrifying.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    With its warring factions, citizen uprisings, guerrilla insurgencies, political intrigue, bloody warfare, family tensions, and homoerotic subtext, Coriolanus is one of the year's best political thrillers.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Fiennes and Logan haven't made a definitive Coriolanus, but they've made a sensationally gripping one. They have the pulse of the play, its firm martial beats and its messy political clatter. They tell a damn good story.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Coriolanus is not by any stretch a hero, and yet Fiennes makes him magnetic, a warrior you can't look away from even when you might want to.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Brian Cox is especially good, and slippery, as Menenius, a Roman senator.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Coriolanus leaves an acrid, unfinished taste. Fiennes, making his directorial debut, gets into the meat of the thing, and he takes advantage of the bluntness of the text; even Shakespeare newcomers will be able to follow along.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    You buy the concept, from start to finish, because it feels strong and purposeful and in sync with Shakespeare's own vision of a malleable, fickle populace and a leader raised by the ultimate stage mother.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    One of the pleasures of Fiennes' film is that the screenplay by John Logan ("Hugo," "Gladiator") makes room for as much of Shakespeare's language as possible. I would have enjoyed more, because such actors as Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Cox let the words roll trippingly off the tongue.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Think "The Hurt Locker," which shares a cinematographer in Barry Ackroyd with no damage to the Bard's bruising poetry. Neat trick.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Kerry Lengel

    As a portrait of modern warfare, politics and propaganda, Coriolanus is intriguing, even if the gritty action sequences don't quite measure up to the realism of "The Hurt Locker."

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    It finds a way to make the play's rich, dense literary language (just before the climactic battle, one character accuses another of "breaking his oath and resolution like/A twist of rotten silk") sound as terse and urgent as the dialogue in a tightly plotted action thriller.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Martius comes to a bad end, while Mr. Fiennes achieves a great beginning. As a director, his grasp exceeds his daring reach, and his performance stands as a chilling exemplar of psychomartial ferocity.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    Exciting, ironic, with assured direction, accomplished performances and the tension of topical themes, this is Shakespeare as relevant as you like it.

    Empire Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    If you give yourself over to that clash of style and sensibility, something magical happens as the power, the prescience and the precision of Shakespeare's words take hold of modern problems.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Then too there's the sheer pleasure of hearing these words spoken by an actor like Mr. Fiennes, whose phrasing is so brilliant, you might be tempted to close your eyes if his physical performance weren't equally mesmerizing.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Here, in his best performance since "Spider," Fiennes plays the snarling, entitled general Caius Martius Coriolanus, whose bloody brow and bald head are stained with what's left of his soldiers.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Eric Hynes

    In the case of Ralph Fiennes's adaptation of Coriolanus - the transposition to present day is confusing and counterproductive, dulling the impact of an otherwise fierce, often unbearably immediate production.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Immensely entertaining, Coriolanus is chock-full o' gore and the contemporary trappings of a man and a land divided, both from without and from within.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Fiennes thrives under his own direction, but such is his sense of balance that everyone else thrives, too.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    It's a film of vigorous performances and provocative modern resonances, though it sometimes struggles to grapple with a grim, politically ambiguous, 400-year-old play.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Coriolanus deserves to be seen, however, especially among those who enjoy Shakespeare without considering themselves purists. It's violent, bloody, fast-paced, and powerfully acted. And, if the language represents a barrier of sorts, it's worth remembering that some of the greatest phrases in history derive from Shakespeare's texts.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    It is the most oppressive of the great tragedies, and "Macbeth" aside, the leanest, and the task that Fiennes has set himself is to liberate it from the theatrical while preserving the dramatic bite. In that, he succeeds with brio. [23 Jan. 2012, p.86]

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The greatest performance, though, is Vanessa Redgrave's as Martius's blood-lusting mother, Volumnia. It's an extraordinarily powerful piece of acting, all controlled rage. When, in the end, that rage erupts, her vehemence splits the screen.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Fiennes works hard to keep the rhythm going: He stages hand-to-hand combat sequences and knife fights as if he were making a smart action movie, not adapting Shakespeare, which is precisely the point.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Vanessa Redgrave nimbly plays Coriolanus' mother, Volumnia, a blend of formidable stage mother and a puppeteering power behind the throne.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Though his film's feel is pure Iraq and Afghanistan, Fiennes doesn't push those parallels unduly, and his central performances prove clear, nuanced, and incisive.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Visually and dramatically it works well - it's Shakespeare by way of "Black Hawk Down" - but as an allegory of modern-day geopolitics it doesn't really go anywhere.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Moreover, in attempting to update the play to a buzzing CNN world, Ralph Fiennes proves that as a director, he makes a fine actor.

    New York Post Full Review
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  • 5. A Place Calling Itself Rome Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 6. Make You a Sword of Me Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 7. Penalty of Death Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 10. The Deeds of Coriolanus Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 11. Make You a Sword of Me (Music and Dialogue) [feat. Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler & Brian Cox] Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 13. We Hate Alike (Music and Dialogue) [feat. Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler & Brian Cox] Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 15. Penalty of Death (Music and Dialogue) [feat. Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler & Brian Cox] Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 16. Milk In a Male Tiger Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 17. What Is Thy Name (Music and Dialogue) [feat. Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler & Brian Cox] Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 19. A Place Calling Itself Rome (Music and Dialogue) [feat. Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler & Brian Cox] Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 20. And Then Men Die (Music and Dialogue) [feat. Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler & Brian Cox] Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 22. Milk In a Male Tiger (Music and Dialogue) [feat. Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler & Brian Cox] Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 23. Some Other Deity Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 24. Some Other Deity (Music and Dialogue) [feat. Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler & Brian Cox] Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 25. What Is Thy Name Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 26. There Is a World Elsewhere (Music and Dialogue) [feat. Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler & Brian Cox] Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 28. Starve With Feeding Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 29. The Deeds of Coriolanus (Music and Dialogue) [feat. Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler & Brian Cox] Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 30. Cut Me To Pieces (Music and Dialogue) [feat. Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler & Brian Cox] Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 31. There Is a World Elsewhere Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 32. Souls of Geese (Music and Dialogue) [feat. Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler & Brian Cox] Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 33. Cut Me To Pieces Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 34. Oh Mother (Music and Dialogue) [feat. Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler & Brian Cox] Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 35. Starve With Feeding (Music and Dialogue) [feat. Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler & Brian Cox] Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 36. And Then Men Die Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online
  • 38. You Fragments (Music and Dialogue) [feat. Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler & Brian Cox] Performer: Ilan Eshkeri & The London Metropolitan Orchestra Stream Music Online