Coriolanus Synopsis
Cast out of Rome, a former war hero (Ralph Fiennes) joins forces with an old enemy to seek revenge.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in Coriolanus as William Shakespeare's Rambo in a production that delivers heavyweight screen acting at its...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
With its warring factions, citizen uprisings, guerrilla insurgencies, political intrigue, bloody warfare, family tensions, and homoerotic...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Coriolanus leaves an acrid, unfinished taste. Fiennes, making his directorial debut, gets into the meat of the thing, and he takes...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Brian Cox is especially good, and slippery, as Menenius, a Roman senator.
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Rolling Stone

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

By 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...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Here, in his best performance since "Spider," Fiennes plays the snarling, entitled general Caius Martius Coriolanus, whose bloody brow and...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Fiennes thrives under his own direction, but such is his sense of balance that everyone else thrives, too.
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By 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...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Vanessa Redgrave nimbly plays Coriolanus' mother, Volumnia, a blend of formidable stage mother and a puppeteering power behind the throne.
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Shakespeare done well on the silver screen

By waldlaw
Ralph Fiennes has produced a captivating version of Coriolanus. Not only did he do a superb acting job, but he directed as well. It also helps that his supporting cast, including Vanessa Redgrave...

Confusing but good production--needs to be seen twice.

By dpswarn
I was confused and couldn't follow story. The shift to a modern setting was disconcerting when coupled with original Shakespeare dialogue. I think you should know or read the play Coriolanus first...

A Modern Translation, Not An Improvement But Acceptable Entertainment.

By Alon Patterson
Always seeking formulas that make money without taking real chances, Hollywood's penchant for the occasional visit to classic literature, while adding their own embellishments, is strongly evident in...

Shakespeare today

By adman68
Ralph Fiennes is the consummate screen and stage actor - he is able to speak this Elizabethan language in an accessible way. His ability to access base torment is astounding. This is an ENORMOUS...

Turn up the volume

By mr_denhart
This is more of a play then anything else. It's all about the script and the script is like a high school class assignment requirement to go see it....

Citizens Schmitizens

By Jake_Gittes
Not one of Shakespeare's more popular adaptations probably because of the fickle citizens, which might have been acceptable to audiences prior to the Age of Enlightenment, but not so much thereafter....


By doug.brucker
No indication in the 'trailer' that the language is 'elizabethan' or 'whatever'..... trailer is very misleading, movie was very disappointing. We left 40 minutes into the movie, bored with all...


By Rbastian12
We do not see enough modern recreations of Shakespeare films that maintain a certain loyalty to William's original text. Ralph Fines runs the risk of being cheesy early on with certain newsflash...


By Mr Film Freak
I caught a matinee of Ralph Fiennes's adaptation of WilliamShakespeare's Coriolanus. Now I must admit Ive NEVER been the biggest fan of BillyShakes plays, I love reading them but the ones Ive seen...

there are many ways to do this play-this was a good one

By wdm223
go see it and think about it....

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Rated R | For Some bloody violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says War-set Shakespeare adaptation has plenty of blood and gore.
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