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Napoleon

Napoleon

2023
Drama
History
2h 38m
The film is an original and personal look at Napoleon Bonaparte's origins and his swift, ruthless climb to emperor, viewed through the prism of his addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine (imdb.com).
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Napoleon

2023
Drama
History
2h 38m
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Rated 24 Nov 2023
60
23rd
My main issue with Ridley Scott as a director is that he seems to care far more about the design and visual style of a film than he does about it's plot and characters. Yep. This film looks wonderful and the staging of it's many battles are magnificent. I think I left this film knowing less about Napoleon than I did going in.
Rated 25 Nov 2023
67
42nd
A grand movie with epic direction and amazing cinematography but so poor & lacking in character development, relations, conflict building and everything that actually matters.
Rated 23 Nov 2023
77
42nd
Extremely good movie about a complete little freak loser and his weird psycho wife that gets slightly less good whenever that damn history gets in the way. Excellent battle scenes too tbh. Looking forward to the director’s cut as the second half especially feels like it’s really missing a lot of stuff.
Rated 17 Dec 2023
55
1st
just wtf. No focus. Eg. Robespierre, Talleyrand, Coulaincourt, some bloke named Francis. Don't know who they are? Too bad, no time to go into it. Don't know why Napoleon's in Egypt? Fighting Russians in Austerlitz? Marrying a young Austrian whose first mention was three seconds ago? Too bad. Do you have any idea why he was important? Successful? Controversial? Too bad. No time. Also depressingly inaccurate. Eg. He was young and Josephine was 6 years older. “I miss you guys” piss off
Rated 28 Nov 2023
45
12th
It's well shot, certainly. I can see it getting technical prizes at the Oscars (costume design certainly). But the drama veers between lacking and risible, despite Kirby and Phoenix's efforts. The battle scenes do have a good audio-visual heft, but the accuracy is abysmal. Waterloo feels like 10 minutes of begrudged screen time, rushed and compressed to a farcical degree. My biggest complaint is that we never get under the skin of the man, which makes this a sad waste of time and talent.
Rated 25 Nov 2023
72
56th
Possibly the longest movie ever made
Rated 30 Nov 2023
50
37th
i don't really know what the point of this was. most of the interesting aspects of napoleon are either the briefest of scenes, at most alluded to, or outright outlooked. i didn't find it as outright unsympathetic as some had suggested but it clearly doesn't want to acknowledge the clearly remarkable aspects of the man. what ridley scott finds interesting about napoleon is a total mystery to me. some good looking scenes and nice to see the napoleon era on film, but mostly unremarkable.
Rated 27 Nov 2023
70
67th
This is just a preliminary review, until I've seen the directors cut, since this really feels like two and a half hour trailer for something grander. Looked absolutely stunning in Imax though.
Rated 24 Nov 2023
75
46th
If you're at all interested in seeing this movie then please do so in theaters. It is shot extremely well and the costumes are gorgeous. Some of the battle scenes (especially Austerlitz) are phenomenal. The staging/blocking, cinematography, and editing are all exquisite. Unfortunately everything in between is just kind of meh. I don't know if it's how it was written or Phoenix's performance but Napoleon comes off like an oversexed petulant brat (and I'm usually a fan of his).
Rated 28 Nov 2023
75
68th
Looking forward to the 4 hour cut
Rated 15 Jan 2024
51
17th
Wildly disappointing. There is shockingly little time spent on the battlefield, and even those scenes just hint at the military strategy that Napoleon is famous for. It really focuses on his relationship with Josephine, but none of that is especially interesting. And the movie feels like it just goes from scene to scene without much connective tissue or narrative momentum.
Rated 16 Jan 2024
59
37th
Remember, folks, even the biggest people in history are just small insecure boys whose entire arc is about their personal relationships. I'm not necessarily saying that's not true. But surely a 150 minute epic should have *something* more to say about it. Everything here, all the truly impressive battle shots, all those millions of dead Scott reminds us of in the end, all the Blackadder-style parodies of everyone else, only ever serves the purpose of Napoleon. Complex it ain't, but it has.
Rated 18 Dec 2023
53
35th
Great fight scenes and acting, but the story and especially love story is pretty bland.
Rated 09 Jan 2024
45
20th
With 2.5 hours, by my calculations the movie is almost 5 times too short for what it's trying to depict. This results in the "Wiki Kids: The Movie"-syndrome. Symptoms of this syndrome are that there's no context, character motives, narrative themes. It's just checking off the main battles and they look bland and uninspired. Any GoT battle scene is more engaging. The music is surprisingly bad and unfitting. There are some mildly funny Phoenix moments but i'm not sure if they are intended so
Rated 04 Dec 2023
4
23rd
Looked visually beautiful, but some very questionable choices. While Napoleon is a piece of shit mass murderer due to his oversized hubris, and the movie actually showed that for once, it weirdly focuses more on him being a cuck. And making Josephine his moral compass is a strange choice if you're not going to portray her as the Martinique-born colonial piece of shit she was who insisted to get slavery brought back and despised common folk. I'm just getting started, will stop the rant here.
Rated 22 Nov 2023
78
78th
This is a film depicting history made not by winners or losers, but by petulant children masquerading as great men. And as such, it’s funnier than most of this year’s outright comedies.
Rated 01 Dec 2023
30
15th
My score skews higher since I love the Napoleonic Wars, but this is not good at any particular thing. Should have cut the battle budget (it all looks grey anyway) and made a film about Napoleon and Josephine. There's no continuity between scenes, no plot, no important side characters. At best, Scott goes for a lot of flashy scenes. Phoenix phones it in without Napoleon's charisma. Good sound design. Fav scenes: unexpected exploding horse; coronation (but the gutter line delivery sucked)
Rated 04 Dec 2023
72
38th
The film goes out of its way to avoid discussing Napoleons military conquest of most of Europe. Focusing on his personal life could a fresh an interesting take. However, the writers it failed . The (soon to be) members of the Congress of Vienna are central characters in the story. However, Napoleons relationship with each of them, as well as their mutual interests and conflicts are not discussed. The result is a film where central characters motivations are opaque, and arbitrary.
Rated 06 Dec 2023
58
11th
A boring, strange, oddly paced movie. I'd understand this movie better if Ridley Scott was a lot older, because it honestly felt like he had been personally insulted by the man, and now set out to get back at him. It's almost a comedy, except that it's not really funny.
Rated 14 Jan 2024
59
17th
Napoleon is egotistical & humourless; he won a bunch of battles, made emperor, suffered losses in Russia, got exiled, returned, Waterloo, got exiled again, the end... I've saved you 2.5 hours. Scott's direction is frantic but lacks a sense of scale or time so the film feels shallow. Phoenix's performance is middling & there's too much mewling Kirby. Scott & Scarpa don't seem to have anything meaningful to say, with too many moments teetering on the edge of comedy but never leaning into it.
Rated 03 Dec 2023
5
43rd
To Ridley’s credit, he is one of the best when it comes to artistic gravitas & flair. He captures the "event" movie esthetic to his films and that itself is enough for me to watch anything he does. However, he seems out of touch with his story elements these days. Ridley’s decision to indulge into silly metaphors and not based human history is dumbfounding with so much potential sitting there narratively. Napoleon is a frustrating movie despite how visceral it shows it can be. Ridley missed.
Rated 25 Nov 2023
20
10th
I came to see a movie about Napoleon and instead watched the biopic of Elliot Rodger. The boat line was pretty funny at least.
Rated 02 Jan 2024
42
3rd
watching this movie felt like i was marie antoinette at the beginning, things being thrown at me left and right. it was a chaotic mess of a movie. i wanted to see the strategy, but no. josephine's character was abysmal. wish i could take back the time i had watched napoleon fucking. mr. phoenix did do a nice job. i just think everybody should've been on the same page. wouldve been a great comedy. oh also the count of lives lost at the end? so confusing, what are you trying to say ridley?
Rated 24 Nov 2023
68
64th
It's no masterpiece, but it's suitably grand, Phoenix is compelling as he (usually) is and Kirby is a total scene stealer. Its biggest problem is perhaps that Scott wasn't sure what tone to go for.
Rated 07 Jan 2024
50
47th
(BONER PARTS)
Rated 25 Nov 2023
30
32nd
Almost no point thematically, narratively or historically. Also boring.
Rated 25 Nov 2023
79
38th
A megalomanic movie about a megalomanic man, how obvious. Besides looking (gorgeous) like a painting, it lacks depth.
Rated 26 Nov 2023
30
47th
I've seen a lot of criticism of this depiction of Napoleon, and feel that some satire and humour is being missed. It's clearly a very critical movie, taking great care to show off the awkward hilarity that is Phoenix's Napoleon. From his ridiculous flight from an angry mob following his coup, to him propping up a little box to inspect a sarcophagus. I think the lack of social grace, in such an otherwise revered man, was the filmmakers' purposeful display of a flawed character. Not a mistake.
Rated 25 Dec 2023
50
21st
"It's over," Napoleon said. "My marriage has fallen. Billions must die."
Rated 27 Dec 2023
67
64th
It's nice to see an historical epic on the big screen again, but it was more than useful having a Napoleon scholar in the next chair over feeding me pieces of context. As far as the battle scenes, I had hoped it would have aligned more closely with Napoleon's POV, for more of an in-depth look into his famed tactics. Geo-politics were mostly glossed over, as was the critical role of logistics, and instead we got far too much Joséphine. The 4 hour directors cut is surely a more complete film.
Rated 16 Mar 2024
75
69th
It exceeded my expectations after hearing how bad it was for months. Don’t expect any grand story, it’s just matter-of-fact.
Rated 25 Jan 2024
50
13th
Costumedesign is excellent indeed. Other than that, a film that lends itself perfectly to joking about it together because it's been made good enough to take it seriously, but on a second glance it doesn't make sense half the time. As sproost delicately noted: Wiki Kids: The Movie.
Rated 07 Feb 2024
44
8th
Flat, static epic feels like Scott is revisiting his GLADIATOR period, as he attempts to contrast the tactics and savagery of Napoleon’s battles with the tactics and savagery of his domestic life – but because there is absolutely no heat or spark between Phoenix and an oddly wan Kirby, it makes the moments between the battles tedious. Phoenix never really seems to come to grips with this larger-than-life (heh) character, though Scott proves he still has a terrific director’s eye for composition.
Rated 07 Dec 2023
94
79th
An epic by every measure. The battle scenes are pristine, if not immaculate. Phoenix brings an incredible complexity to the role, even if he does seem miscast at points.
Rated 02 Dec 2023
77
52nd
What it lacks in narrative arc, it makes up for in grandeur and hilarity. Intentional or not, Napoleon was one of the funniest movies I've seen all year. Phoenix's Napoleon is a petulant, deranged, horny little freak but captivating in his performance. Great battle scenes as well, but the movie can't blend the military and domestic strands of its movie which leaves it scrambling to tie the pieces together upon his 2nd exile. Very entertaining, but uneven
Rated 10 Feb 2024
60
15th
Can you imagine if Stanley Kubrick saw this fucking thing? The film is typical for Scott these days -- not the best action scenes (or worst), an only slightly engaging bunch of characters, whose fine actors elevate the unsubstantial material, and although the in-camera production is all quite extraordinary, it's behind a whole lot of horrid color grading, which reduces the blockbuster potential in this to murky muck. The film's images are either yellow or blue.
Rated 24 Nov 2023
65
28th
audiovisual 79 acting 60 overall feeling 55 avg 65
Rated 15 Feb 2024
35
14th
Mopy horny teenager Napoleon moves from well executed scene to well executed scene with no sense of transition in between.
Rated 06 Feb 2024
40
7th
One beautiful scene with horses and people falling under water. All the rest is horrible. The attempt to show Napoleon as an ordinary person is nice, but he never was one. He was an outstanding person, with a lot of shit happening, and he was thinking very different, which was not visible here at all
Rated 06 Mar 2024
45
11th
Not really impressed, kept wondering when something interesting would happen. Too back and forth between trying to fit in as many wars as possible and also explain his personal life. Too choppy, jumped from one scene to the next and it was hard to tell what was going on. Either make it about the battles he fought or about his personal life.
Rated 03 Dec 2023
69
50th
"her gece rüyamda seni görmek için yalvarıyorum."
Rated 13 Jan 2024
74
48th
C -
Rated 27 Nov 2023
4
88th
Haters gonna hate but I think this one is great.
Rated 17 Jan 2024
62
10th
Opinión personal: 6 Actores: 7.5 Guión: 3 Fotografía: 9 BSO: 7 Otros:6.5 Iluminación: FX: Director:4 Humor: Vestuario/caracterización:9 Ritmo: Total: 62
Rated 03 Mar 2024
50
23rd
Not really much to say that hasn’t been said. Beautifully shot, excellent battle scenes (accuracy aside), good performances, and Oscar worth costumes and production design. It’s just so unfortunate that it focuses on all the wrong things. Wanna know more about Napoleon? How about an hour of drama with his wife instead? I’m really curious what was shot for the 4 hour cut, as surely there were things that could’ve made the cut over some of the many scenes of Napoleon wanting a kid.
Rated 30 Nov 2023
75
56th
This will undoubtedly be frustrating to some as it does keep you at arm's length to its characters. So much ground has to be covered that even two-and-a-half hours is made to feel narratively brisk, and as a result there isn't a ton of time to really sit with individual characters (even primary ones). Ridley Scott nails the scale of these historical epics. As a history kid, I loved the way that certain military tactics - Scorched Earth, for instance - were represented. Fascinating, albeit jumpy.
Rated 27 Nov 2023
85
60th
Better than I thought it would be. Might be long for some but I thought it flowed well and was fine.
Rated 27 Jan 2024
80
88th
Could never meet my sky high expectations. Too much focus on his love life, not enough on his military and political side. Much shrewder in real life
Rated 09 Dec 2023
56
16th
need a rewatch (possibly the four hour cut), but not sure what was the point of this movie. feels like anyone could've played Napoleon and wouldn't make any difference to the movie, since Ridley Scott couldn't really draw an interesting picture of the character, wasting Joaquin Phoenix in the role. the movie lacks depth clearly. the pace is odd. some good visuals, but that's about it.
Rated 11 Jan 2024
6
24th
this was the movie all of us wanted and they managed to make the movie wanted by no one
Rated 25 Nov 2023
53
13th
I understand Scott idea of not making historical facts get in the way of a good story. But the problem here is that Napoleon was a far more interesting character than the one he is depicting. An underdog shattering the world order and building a new one, not just a power-hungry guy. But nope, just buy into the british propaganda. Of all the things he decides to focus on Josephine, why? Not even the battles redeem this: inaccurate, needlessly color saturated. Maybe the extended cut will save it.
Rated 13 Jan 2024
49
32nd
All surface
Rated 11 Apr 2024
30
25th
The British filmmaker Ridley Scott alternates between making masterpieces and mediocrity. His new 158-minute long film about about the French Napoleon is unfortunately the last - both grey, boring and uninspired.
Rated 16 Dec 2023
50
24th
I had such high hopes for this and left the cinema so disappointed. It had a few nice visual scenes and the production was high quality, but the overall pacing and characterization of Napoleon just didnt do anything for me. Not going to talk about historical inaccuracies because I personally didnt expect it to be very accurate in the first place.
Rated 17 Dec 2023
55
23rd
* There is no story here, no motives, nothing for us to understand why almost any decision is made. It jumps through history and characters so often and without context that it just becomes tiresome after a while. Apart from the battle scenes, there isn’t much to watch.
Rated 28 Dec 2023
45
16th
Ridley Scott'un en kötü biyografi filmi. Fransa'nın ünlü generali Napoleon Bonaparte'ın yükseliş hikayesini izliyoruz. Giyotinli açılış sahnesiyle etkileyen film, sonrasında sıradan 1 adamın hikayesini gibi geliyor. Savaş sahneleri etkileyici. Fakat, özel hikayesi çok da kötüymüş. Sevdiği ile mercimeği fırına veriyor da. Sonuç sıfır. Performansı düşen 1 Napoleon izliyoruz. Filmin sonunda, sürgün gibi tatil. Darbeyle gelen darbeyle gider.
Rated 29 Nov 2023
80
70th
Quite enjoyed this one. I’m not French but my country mentions Bonaparte in our national anthem so it was very cool to see historical facts which I forgot from school.
Rated 08 Jan 2024
40
20th
Overblown, overly ambitious, self-indulgent, and intolerably dull, this historical epic is a total misfire.
Rated 06 Dec 2023
58
17th
Actually I was bored of this at the cinema, because in tihis Film I thought I will be See more about the background Story of Napoleon but all I saw was his Siege or War and the Problematic Relationship to his Wife .. Just a waist of Time
Rated 03 Dec 2023
6
44th
A big screen full on sound kind of movie and I love Phoenix’s interpretations of everything he does-this felt like it lacked insight and it spent too much time on battle scenes!
Rated 28 Dec 2023
78
84th
As a lover of history i was excited for this film. Upon watching i loved seeing the significant parts such as self crowning, but suddenly it skipped over all his battles straight to Russia and focused more on Josephine WTF. He was a military ruler and innovator and we never saw any of his marshals,NCO systems,tactics or living off land.Yes he was the first Dictator/Hitler,and it is shown.The film did well showing personality but it was like he flicked through a book and picked some bits he liked
Rated 18 Dec 2023
71
49th
Hmm it’s like this guy has some kind of complex driven by insecurity and the need to win even the most petty conflicts. This movie is a fabulous freak when it comes to Napoleon’s domestic life; the big battles, while impressive, almost feel superfluous. And sometimes it can't help but feel like Scott, an Englishman, taking delight in needling the French. As an American, I'll gladly take that European beef (wellington?) over more hagiography.
Rated 03 Mar 2024
45
10th
How did this come out this way? This could've been the most badass thing ever. I actually feel as though Joaquin let me down for once. The wife was drab as hell. Not great at all. Way too long for so little reward
Rated 16 Jan 2024
78
12th
As with many Ridley Scott film, the attention to detail is impressive and there are some incredibly engaging battle sequences and recreations of post-Revolution Paris that are amazing. My main issue is all the plot and character development are so underbaked, that it feels like a "greatest hits of Napoleon" film. Even though Phoenix is commanding and engaging as always, the eras of Napoleon's life go by so quickly and some transitions feel so abrupt that it all is ultimately underwhelming.
Rated 10 Feb 2024
59
19th
Apart from the stunning battle scenes, Napoleon has somehow managed to be a boring film about a very interesting person. From the accents, lack of character development and questionable portrayal of Bonaparte, it's hard to recommend sitting through such a long run time
Rated 13 Jan 2024
50
41st
Underwhelming. Didn't exactly know what to expect but this wasn't it.
Rated 18 Jan 2024
60
36th
Ridley Scott's attempt to make "Barry Lyndon" or Eisenstein's Alexander Nevski "Battle on the ice", or Bondartsuk's "War and Peace" battle of borodino. This just reminds me of those superior films. Napoleon was a charismatic ladies man, superior military strategist and put forth several changes to french legal code. Phoenix plays him as a petulant child who has mommy issues which he brings to his relationship with Josephine. His breathy acting was annoying. Vanessa Kirby was great !
Rated 15 Jan 2024
6
40th
Exactly what one feared: Can Napoleon be contained in a single movie? Is Scott the director/producer to pull that off? However entertaining the final product is, the answers are obvious. And in case you want to wait, remember that the only movie that showed really significant improvement after his accostumed DC was KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
Rated 29 Nov 2023
77
0th
Great leading actor, great battlefield - scenes, entertaining.
Rated 09 Dec 2023
63
61st
Keep ‘em coming, Ridley Scott. Despite this being a rather weird experience, with too much focus on battle scenes and an almost disinterest in the main character and his political surroundings.
Rated 17 Jan 2024
44
28th
The movie drifts from scene to scene, with little reason or coherence. It tries to touch on a little bit of everything, leaving things overstuffed. The cruel, dark humor isn't earned. And it always comes back to Josephine, despite the flimsy connection that Napoleon has with her. Maybe there is more to their story, something deeper, but the movie never finds it. And maybe that's the point, as the movie zeroes in on Napoleon's nature. It's a big, grand mess with little to care about.
Rated 29 Jan 2024
55
22nd
I was eagerly waiting for this but fairly disappointed. No character depth at all.
Rated 02 Dec 2023
50
38th
It was alright.

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