Total Eclipse
Total Eclipse

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Young, wild poet Arthur Rimbaud and his mentor Paul Verlaine engage in a fierce, forbidden romance while feeling the effects of a hellish artistic lifestyle.... (Full plot summary below)

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Young, wild poet Arthur Rimbaud and his mentor Paul Verlaine engage in a fierce, forbidden romance while feeling the effects of a hellish artistic lifestyle.

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EmanuelLevy.Com - 9/10 by Emanuel LevyA misguided project from Holland: Watching Verlaine and Rimbeau engage in endless arguments about the nature of love, you wonder when they had time to create the poetry that revolutionized the world.
ReelViews - 8/10 by James BerardinelliDespite its flaws, Total Eclipse is the kind of movie that stirs thoughts and ruminations about the nature of genius, the true meaning of art, and the unfailing capacity of great people to destroy themselves and others. Holland has not matched the success of two of her previous films -- Europa Europa and Olivier Olivier -- but this picture is still a respectable examination of a fascinating historical relationship.
Chicago Tribune - 8/10 by Michael WilmingtonTotal Eclipse is a biographical film steeped in ecstasy and despair, seething with madness and torment.
Ozus' World Movie Reviews - 8/10 by Dennis SchwartzA disappointing biography about the homosexual relationship of two famous 19th century French poets.
Austin Chronicle - 7/10 by Marjorie BaumgartenThe story excels in its portrait of obsessive love and desire. Where the tale falls down is in its portrait of two comrades in poetry, the writers who inspired each other to new levels of artistry and dwelled with the muses wherever they cohabited.
Washington Post - 7/10 by Hal HinsonDiCaprio is daring and unguarded in his performance as Rimbaud, and Thewlis does an astounding job of showing the despair of an artist whose time has passed.
Old School Reviews - 7/10 by John A. Nesbita noble effort to capture Rimbaud's genius, but it fails to take enough risks to get close to the enigmatic poet.
Chicago Sun-Times - 6/10 by Roger EbertThe poems can be read. The film must stand on its own, apart from the poems, and I'm afraid it doesn't. One admires the energy and inventiveness that Holland, Thewlis and DiCaprio put into the film, but one would prefer to be admiring it from afar.
Slant Magazine - 5/10 by Ed GonzalezThe Rimbaud seen here is less a poet warrior than cloying brat.
Miami Herald - 5/10 by Rene RodriguezUnfortunately, the mad romanticism of Rimbaud's exploits has been made to look preposterous here, despite a cast that should have been magnetic in its own right. Total Eclipse clumsily exaggerates both these characters, from the moment when Rimbaud begins savoring experience in a laughably over-the-top poetic manner.

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