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Based on 84 votes and 32 reviews
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Wanted to love it but it missed the mark. It would have been better if the writers had actually told the story of Napoleon’s actual life.
Lordy, this was the dullest movie I've seen in years. In fact I slept through a good part of it. Phoenix's performance in the title role made a piece of damp cardboard look interesting. And all the outdoor scenes were filmed through a weird grey filter, which added to the pervasive sense of ennui. Incidentally, the sex scenes were cringey and nasty, so for goodness sake don't take young kids to see this film. Two thumbs down.
it is missing two assets Florence Pugh
Garbage. I had such high hopes going in, and I don't even know where to begin. So I won't.
I liked the movie. It told a good story. Acting was good. Scenes depicted in the movie were not excessive in length like some action movies. Whether it is true to history or not it told a story of a little man who like some other men in history tried to conquer the world so to speak. It came to my mind that WW 1 started 100 years later. These small minded men have and were and still are fighting just to conquer. As in WW2 the Germans couldn’t conquer Russia because of the cold winter.
Regardless of its accuracy, it is still a good film. Joaquin is a great fit for the role, and the story is adventurous and intriguing. If you want a full biography of Napoleon, a 2 hr film will obviously disappoint. Go pick up a history book instead of review-bombing if youre dissatisfied :)
Too ponderous. Too much left out. Completely underwhelming. And yeah, the person below who is having a fit over the use of 'hairlip' (still acceptable) should really get help for their fragility (not to mention their odious racism). Skip this movie.
The most fun I've had at the movies in a long, long, time! 5/5
It seems like you just did, “bully” me !! I am a medical person and the only people still referring to people who were unfortunately born with a cleft lip are white trash bullies who don’t know any better. Maybe that’s what you learned growing up, to bully the misfortunate.
Cleft lip... it's also called hairlip. And people who don't have the grammar skills of a third-grader shouldn't be calling others idiots. Seek therapy at once. I'm not one of the people who bullied you over your hairlip.
“Hairlip” ? It is called a “cleft lip” you idiot !!!!! Aren’t you full of yourself !
I LOVED A LOT of this flick. JP's acting job, amongst Many- the sheer SCOPE of it is not often seen these days. It was Quite the History Lesson, as Well. Seems fairly comprehensive, except towards the ignominious End to his storied military and political Career, anyway. And......I LIKE the SEX, for a Change! Seeing what made him 'tick', whether it had any basis in Reality is another matter, of course. But seeing him as a Man, not just the military icon and 'tyrant', was Great- for ME. The END of his Life though - it got very thin, and a little depressing.....but all in ALL...WAY Better than Most of what is SPEWING FORTH from Hollywild these days. A STANDOUT, for SURE!
Enjoyed it immensely. Should do very well at this year's Oscars. See it on the biggest screen possible.
Never a dull moment. Although the story is familiar, it's exciting to be taken into it through the life of a complicated man. Well done.
I'm pretty sure Bonaparte didn't have a hairlip.
This may be part of a larger series, but the Napoleon that everyone wants is a 10 hour trilogy, a la Lord of the Rings, with fully fleshed out battle scenes, strategy, psychology, and legacies of the French Revolution to the modern world. Why was there a revolution? Why was Napoleon not the final answer? How did Europe change after Napoleon? Joaquin Phoenix was definitely miscast and is about as authentic as Kevin Costner in Robin Hood. Basically the only reason to see it is because someone had the audacity to try.
The sexual was too explicit and not necessary in this film. We did not need to know about his private sexual desires and habits. More time should have been given to the planning of the battles and so on. Maybe a bit of a biography about Napoleon as well. The sex scenes classifies it as rated R and not family friendly or appropriate for younger viewers who are learning about history.
Gotta love Joaquin Phoenix. He's oddly amusing no matter what he's doing. Personally, I didn't know much about Napoleon. What I did learn was very negative. This movie fleshes him out humanely. Some people actually liked him. Music was fitting. Fight scenes were appropriately awful. I hope they didn't kill all those horses!
Emotionally devoid of dramatic involvement. Unfocused screenwriting and stale plot. Hollow characters. Napoleon’s life story should have developed into a solid mini-series following his youth, rise to political and military powers, and eventual fall on his last days on a secluded island. D+
Definitely not for children. I found it dragged out and boring in a lot of spots. Overall, I wouldn’t go see it again. Knew most of it through my school days and I was expecting g more but didn’t get it.
This movie has something for everyone. Great fun!
Out of the 300,000 books written about Napoleon, none of the 1 Stars rated reviews obviously never read any of them, lol.
i give it two Florence pughs out of 2
Movie disjointed and very boring.
It showed the human side of a great man.
Nothing held together ... battle scenes not developed, infatuation with Josephine - not developed. Kept waiting for something meaningful to happen that would make sense of this story, but if it did happen, it was too shallow to matter.
The stuff that happens in the movie was cool.
lol at the super tough reviewer who had to censor their use of the word "p**sy" Anyway, good movie.
Despite what the post below says, blockbusters haven't actually existed for decades and contemporary use of the word should be retired. There is irony in casting a liberal p**sy as one of the greatest warlords in history. Phoenix is pathetic.
This has blockbuster written all over it.