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Orlando

drama, foreign


1994 Oscar® Nominee. Tilda Swinton and Billy Zane star in this hip, sexy and wickedly funny look at an English nobleman who defies the laws of nature and comes back to life as an English noblewoman.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    79%
  • Audience Score
    82%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    79%
    reviews counted: 13
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  • Audience

    82%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: A silly and serious work of art that isn't afraid to entertain.

- Dan Kois, Slate, Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Fresh:

- David Stratton, Variety, Thursday, March 26, 2009

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Simply put one of the best movies I have ever seen. The cast is amazing and deliver in their performances, the stunning visuals and beautiful music combine to create a dreamy atmosphere through which S. Potter uses Orlando as a medium to make subtle and elegant commentaries about life, the human condition and the struggle of the sexes to understand each other when they are basically two aspects of the same coin. As opposed to some of the other reviewers here I did not find the movie slow or boring at any time. Nor is it just about Orlando; there are multiple layers. It flows simply and quietly but with great intensity and an underlying irony at every moment. This film must be Potter's masterpiece.

- matertenebraum, Thursday, February 10, 2011

4 stars

Nice interesting gender switching tale here that is utterly thought provoking. No one other than Tilda Swinton could make it work as well as it does.

- fb721890245, Monday, February 6, 2012

3 stars

Orlando is a pleasant surprise after being bored to death by The Man Who Cried. This highly surrealistic epic takes place over about four centuries (+). Immediately there is a gender confusion in the audience, is Swinton playing a woman or a male? Eventually this is answered, but it goes through a gruesome process to get to clarity. Adapted from Virgina Woolf's novel , this is separated into pieces and themes, my favorites were Love, Death, and Society. The film has highly praised, artistic design, and it is worthy of it. The film swifts from century to century in smooth fashion, making it never a bore. Swinton is great in her many roles as Orlando. For the most part I enjoyed the surrealism, but that last angel scene was painfully cheesy.

- fb100001266995067, Saturday, September 14, 2013