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Coriolanus (2011)


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 135
Fresh: 125
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: Visceral and visually striking, Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus proves Shakespeare can still be both electrifying and relevant in a modern context.

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 38
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: Visceral and visually striking, Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus proves Shakespeare can still be both electrifying and relevant in a modern context.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 12,715




Movie Info

Caius Martius 'Coriolanus' (Ralph Fiennes), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave) to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs in order to secure the office. When the public refuses to support him, Coriolanus's anger prompts a riot that culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished … More

R (for some bloody violence)
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
In Theaters:
May 29, 2012
Box Office:
The Weinstein Company - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Coriolanus

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (125) | Rotten (10) | DVD (4)

The other actors do their best to help Fiennes define this curious anti-hero. Incapable of playing the role of peacetime compromiser, his Coriolanus comes across as a warrior who simply can't function without a war.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The film has fifth-act problems, as did the play, but Fiennes' bleak overview should leave receptive viewers feeling daunted and haunted.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The play's inherent difficulties notwithstanding, Coriolanus, the movie, is a perfectly sound achievement.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Fiennes leads a cast that, at least in the major roles, is uniformly powerful.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

"Coriolanus" is a triumph.

Full Review… | March 30, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Slathered in blood, covered with scars and glowering with a predator's gaze, Ralph Fiennes makes a fierce and impressive Caius Martius Coriolanus.

Full Review… | March 23, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Why Fiennes chose to use Shakespearean text is confusing, especially when he must have known that Coriolanus isn't the most recognisable of Shakespeare's plays.

Full Review… | September 8, 2013

A powerful and relevant Shakespeare adaptation that firecely brings the story to life.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

Fiennes' blend of action and homage is top-notch, as is direction.... Fiennes created his own modern world for which it's easy to suspend disbelief.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013

Coriolanus is Shakespeare done right; Ralph Fiennes takes a play about Roman war and hubris and turns it into a violently charismatic pic.

Full Review… | February 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

As good as all the men are, it's Vanessa Redgrave who steals the movie.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

If this is how Fiennes rolls behind the camera, our next great director has raised his fist to the skies.

Full Review… | August 24, 2012

Should shut up the whining voices of Philistines who openly wonder why Shakespeare still matters.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012

Fiennes creates a pitiless world without refuge, where neither the soft nor the unbending can survive.

Full Review… | June 18, 2012
Sight and Sound

Coriolanus plays a bit flat at times, but it's a challenging, and even exciting, piece of cinema that's sure to inspire much love from Shakespeare enthusiasts.

Full Review… | May 29, 2012

The elite team of commandos charges through the bombed-out cityscape, pausing only to hurl grenades or pick off snipers leaning out of windows. Now this is what I call Shakespeare.

Full Review… | May 22, 2012
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

I wouldn't say there's something rotten in the state of Denmark, but this modernistic retelling of one of Shakespeare's lesser-known plays just isn't that good.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Cinema Sight

There something like poetry in this film,some truth that cannot be apprehended by staring hard at the screen, but drifts softly as a dandelion spore through the burned-out ruins of some sacked and dusty "Rome."

Full Review… | April 29, 2012
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Ralph Fiennes plays Coriolanus in all his spitting, spouting, grandiose glory.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
2UE That Movie Show

A casualty of sloppy, chaotic staging, poor editing, dead-ended plotting and way too many instances of overacting, Coriolanus is two hours full of what the bard on a better day might have called "sound and fury signifying nothing."

Full Review… | April 25, 2012
Film Threat

The great actors, from Welles onward, want the popular audience to see what they see in Shakespeare -- that he still matters, that he still moves, thrills and teaches. With "Coriolanus," Fiennes brilliantly takes his place in their ranks.

Full Review… | April 18, 2012
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

...a film that will please not only those who already love Shakespeare, but also fans of action movies...

Full Review… | March 30, 2012

Audience Reviews for Coriolanus

Fiennes gives an explosive performance however the movie leaves a bitter taste. Modern day view of a Shakespearean play which i felt didn't really work. Visually stunning but fails where it actually matters.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

An anti-democratic Roman general battles a rival general and later creates a public relations nightmare.
It's been almost two decades since I've seen or read Shakespeare's Coriolanus, so it's difficult to remember how the film compares to the original material. What I can say is that I got more out of the film than I remember getting out of the play.
Ralph Fiennes's direction is flawless. In Coriolanus he creates a film first and a Shakespeare film second. With short scenes, long establishing shots, and pregnant pauses between conversations and monologues, Fiennes uses all the techniques germane to film and relies on the rich text when its most needed; his balance of film and Shakespeare's words is better than most other adaptations.
Fiennes's vision of Coriolanus fits our time and politics. Martius's open contempt of the proletariat contrasts with the successful patricians who, sharing his contempt, lie to the people to ingratiate themselves. Thus, Coriolanus becomes about how people in power manipulate the masses.
Fiennes gives a masterful performance, at times gritty and murderous and at other times vulnerable and weepy. Gerard Butler keeps up, and that's the best I can say while seasoned veteran Vanessa Redgrave hits her role out of the park as one of the most bad-ass Shakespearean mothers.
Overall, Coriolanus is a tour de force for Ralph Fiennes, a too-often underrated actor and director.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Nature Teaches Beasts to Know Their Friends

Decent Shakesperian based movie! Shakespeare's dramas may well be set up in a contemporary set, because the content is timeless. Here the screenplay drama is performed in its original text. The old lines sometimes are in conflict with the modern outfit, but you are quickly caught back to the drama by the violent intrigues and you become strongly affected by the deep conflicts between power and love. The war scenes are realistic and bloody. It is exciting and the outcome uncertain for the uninitiated. Ralph Fiennes both directs and plays the title role and succeeds well. He has got a star team both in front and behind the camera. The film photo by Barry Ackroyd is brilliant. The set and costumes are next to perfection. The 74-year-old Vanessa Redgrave portrays Coriolanus' mother, Volumnia, powerful and convincing. Gerard Butler as the rebel leader acts with strong charisma and realism. Additional casting is also very good. Coriolanus is a tense and violent political wartime thriller which makes Shakespeare not only accessible but utterly captivating. A credible directorial debut from one of the industry's finest working actors.

The citizens of Rome are hungry. Coriolanus, the hero of Rome, a great soldier and a man of inflexible self-belief despises the people. His extreme views ignite a mass riot. Rome is bloody. Manipulated and out-maneuvered by politicians and even his own mother Volumnia, Coriolanus is banished from Rome. He offers his life or his services to his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

It`s Shakespeare meets The Hurt Locker. A tremendously entertaining and electrifying film. A stylish, lean, muscular and gripping modern drama that packs serious and intense punch of a hard-edge action-thriller. An unforgettable and powerful movie. A triumphant masterwork from Director-Star, Ralph Fiennes, he proves to be an extraordinary director. A fiery and rich directional debut. Fiennes gives an astonishing and passionate performance, his best yet. Gerard Butler is outstanding, one of his best performances so far. Butler and Fiennes have never been better, their performances are just simply a tour de force. The performances are truly top-notch from it`s amazing cast. Jessica Chastain is wonderful. Vanessa Redgrave is at her best. Brain Cox and James Nesbitt are excellent. A heart-pounding and exhilarating movie packed with explosive action and the breathtaking drama of Shakespeare`s words. It`s wickedly well-crafted and superbly performed film. A gorgeous, dark and bloody great movie. I loved this movie.

Al S

Super Reviewer

Coriolanus Quotes

Tullus Aufidius:
I think he'll be to Rome as is the osprey to the fish, who takes it by sovereignty of nature.
– Submitted by Michael W (23 months ago)
Tribune Brutus:
Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.
– Submitted by Anna C (2 years ago)
Tribune Brutus:
Anger's my meat; I sup upon myself, and so shall starve with feeding.
– Submitted by matthew b (2 years ago)
Caius Martius 'Coriolanus':
O, a kiss long as my exile, sweet as my revenge!
– Submitted by Mich M (2 years ago)
Caius Martius 'Coriolanus':
You common cry of curs! whose breath I hate As reek o'the rotten fens, whose loves I prize As the dead carcases of unburied men That do corrupt my air.
– Submitted by Victor L (2 years ago)

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