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Coriolanus

02corio-thumbstandard Actor Ralph Fiennes makes his directorial debut with this modern update of Shakespeare's tale about the arrogant general who is banished by the republic he has protected at all costs, provoking him to ally with former foes and wreck a bloody revenge.
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It's all very unnerving, modern and yet veins-in-the-teeth visceral.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
 
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."
Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic  full review
 
Ralph Fiennes turns one of Shakespeare's least-loved plays into a slashing, muscular but uneven modern drama in his film-directing debut.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
Even in what is viewed as a minor work, the inevitable currents of ambition and violence, cruelty and competition, rivalry and rage run strong and truthfully.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
When Caius Martius heads into battle against the invading Volscians, we get 20-odd minutes of brutal street-fighting with RPGs and crackling automatic weapons. The film was shot in Serbia; dial a few decades back and it could have been set there.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
 
In his first film as a director, Fiennes proves that he knows Fiennes the actor inside out, with a self-knowledge that's rare, even admirable.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
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.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune  full review
 
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.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
 
I admired the movie even though I found it neither fish nor fowl.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
What remains, in distilled form, is the poetry of violence and contempt-the source of the play's unfailing reputation for political threat and mischief.
Anthony Lane, New Yorker  full review
 
The questions Coriolanus poses are so timeless and urgent they could be pullquotes from today's op-ed page.
Dana Stevens, Slate  full review
 
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.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail  full review
 
Riches of character are revealed, with copious visual invention.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal  full review
 
Purists may holler that Fiennes and screenwriter John Logan have cut the Bard's second-longest play into two tense hours onscreen, but the power of the piece is undeniable.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone  full review
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