Cleopatra

Cleopatra
Cleopatra
  • G
  • 4h 11m
  • 1963
Fresh60%
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In the wake of Julius Caesar's death, the Egyptian queen embarks on a tragic love affair with influential Roman Marc Antony in this big-budget historical drama.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Fresh60%
Critics Consensus: Cleopatra is a lush, ostentatious, endlessly eye-popping epic that sags collapses from a (and how could it not?) four-hour runtime.
Reviews
New Yorker
Richard Brody
Fresh

Taylor inhabits the role with a focussed but uninhibited imperiousness, as when she turns Cleopatr...

June 25, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

A stately but sometimes mindboggling spectacle.

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Matthew Thrift
Fresh

Melodramatic, and camp as Christmas, but nothing like the disaster its reputation suggests.

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Trevor Johnston
Rotten

It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience, for good and ill.

June 22, 2017
TIME Magazine
Rotten

Sad to say, however, the deep-revolving, witty Mankiewicz fails most where most he hoped to succee...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Four-hour visual stunner requires patience, maturity.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that at four hours in length, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Cleopatra asks a lot of its viewers. Only the most ardent cinephile teens, perhaps already acquainted with the history of the production, are likely to enjoy going along for a ride that feels so sedate, mostly because it's so long. Battles include sword fighting. There are dead bodies, including part of a severed head, and some with small amounts of blood. There's some semi-nudity, with parts of bare buttocks and breasts, including a dancer with pasties. Otherwise sexual content mostly includes a dozen or so kisses. Heavy on politics and strategy, one of literature's greatest love triangles is demonstrated from a perspective best appreciated by viewers who've endured long-term relationships themselves, and who are capable of patiently waiting for events and emotions to unfold.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:June 12, 1963
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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