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The Tempest

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Julie Taymor

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About the Movie

This modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s final masterpiece is an exciting, mystical and magical fantasy with Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren (Best Actress, The Queen, 2006) leading a star-studded cast including Russell Brand (Get Him To The Greek) and Alfred Molina (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice). Exiled to a magical island, the sorceress Prospera (Mirren) conjures up a storm that shipwrecks her enemies, and then unleashes her powers for revenge. Directed by the visionary Julie Taymor — and complete with exclusive bonus features and an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design (Sandy Powell, 2010) — The Tempest, with its innovative twist, is a supernatural film filled with Shakespearean villains, lovers and fools that will leave you spellbound.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 87
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 61
  • Average Rating: 4.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A pretty frustrating adaptation of Shakespeare's play, one that dog-paddles around in ever-more-frenetic circles, searching for a way inside the material. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Dec 16, 2010

Rotten: Most plays-turned-movies try to open things up. Taymor still thinks like a theater director, ending up with a "Tempest" that takes place in a teapot. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Dec 17, 2010

Rotten: Primarily an exercise in eccentric (and, I would argue, empty) spectacle. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Dec 17, 2010

Rotten: The costumes designed by Sandy Powell - leather gowns and military uniforms, Renaissance in silhouette and detailed with zippers - are the film's most arresting element. – Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec 17, 2010

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Customer Reviews

The Tempest on a CGI Stage

An excellent production of The Tempest. The language remains dominant and carries the production only when Ariel and Prospera are centre stage.

The Tempest
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2011

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