100

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
Such is literature’s power that the cast is more at ease portraying ancient Romans than speaking as versions of themselves.
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80

NPR

By Bob Mondello
The Taviani brothers, Paolo and Vittorio, have been blurring the line between reality and fiction in their films for six decades.
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80

Total Film

By Tom Dawson
“Ever since I discovered art,” laments one participant, “this cell has truly become a prison.”
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
What works best is what's readily accessible, the startling power of performers who understand the drama all too well.
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75

Slant Magazine

Deceptively modest on nearly all accounts, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Caesar Must Die employs seemingly minor directorial contrivances to ruminate on a unique quarrel.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Not surprisingly, prison must be the perfect incubator of sadness and anger, because every one of the “performances” is astonishingly vivid. At the extremes of the emotional spectrum, at least, these guys are brilliant.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By David Rooney
This is a looser, grittier film than their work of late, and while it’s more successful in the sequences of bold theatricality than in the faux-cinéma vérité of the surrounding scenes, the mix is nonetheless an interesting one.
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60

The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
The most powerful thing about the film is the "audition" scene at the beginning in which the prisoners have to introduce themselves in two ways: sorrowingly, and then angrily. It is a brilliant sequence, and the rest of the film doesn't quite match it.
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60

Empire

By Patrick Peters
A hit in Berlin, the Taviani siblings' documentary has plenty of wit and punch, although compared to the best of the medium - "Man On Wire," for instance - it sometimes comes off as guileless and clunky.
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40

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Though the Tavianis’ intent is clear—to comment on the thin line separating part and performer, as well as on the quite literally liberating powers of art—the meanings rarely emerge with any elegance or resonance. Hardly a dish fit for the gods.
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77 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.