Othello (1995)




Critic Consensus: Perhaps less than the sum of its parts, Othello is still highly entertaining, and features excellent performances from Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh.

Movie Info

Strong performances, lyrical location shooting, and high production values add impact and verisimilitude to this entertaining adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy. Laurence Fishburne gives a moving performance as the Moorish general whose tender passion for his wife is twisted into obsessive jealousy by the treachery of a trusted junior officer.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Oliver Parker
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 18, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Desdemona

as Roderigo

as Bianca

as Lodovico

as 1st Senator

as 2nd Senator

as The Duke of Venice

as Brabantio
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Critic Reviews for Othello

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (16)

A highly engaging attempt at Shakespeare's most domestic tragedy.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Branagh's superb performance...guarantees this film an immediacy that any audience will understand.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Davies has done an admirable job of condensing the sprawling action.

October 15, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Parker has shown how involving and moving Shakespeare can still be on the screen.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The real question is, could director Oliver Parker have done worse?

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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Passion, like outpourings of iambic pentameter, isn't part of this picture's equation.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Othello


this was a great film. not quite the entire original story, but a great film with good acting. the themes in this sory are powerful and the degredation of the likeable othello is dissapointing but interesting to watch.

danny d

Super Reviewer

Fishburne's Othello has more more money associated with it than Welles' work but it is nonetheless as effective thanks to Laurence himself and a darkly effective Iago played to the hilt by Kenneth Branagh.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


The evil Iago(Kenneth Branagh) pretends to be friend of Othello(Laurence Fishburn) in order to manipulate him to serve his own end, comes up with a devious plan to suspect that Othello's wife Desdemona(Irene Jacob) of infidelity.

Oliver Parker's directorial debut is a bit of a disappointment. The language is so hard to comprehend(unless you are familiar with Shakespear's vocabulary), the cast is kinda distracting(thanks to Jacob since she still sounds French) and Kenneth Branagh as the evil snitch Iago, he mostly does his Woody Allen homage by talking to us in front of the camera. Laurence Fishburn as Othello is kind of on the quiet side since I felt this film wasn't about him but about his jealous friend Lago who wants Othello's power.

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Brian R

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