• PG-13, 2 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Kenneth Branagh
    In Theaters:
    Dec 25, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 14, 2007
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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Hamlet Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

It is a wholly new take on Hamlet, with a cast filled with entertaining cameos.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 10, 2012
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

A work of tremendous personal ambition equipped with a budget nearly equal in magnitude.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

April 20, 2011
Randy White
Common Sense Media

Shakespeare's great tragedy -- all of it.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 2, 2011
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

The play widely regarded as the best piece of dramatic literature ever written...[in] the only unexpurgated big-screen version. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 4/4

August 16, 2010

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Simply gorgeous to look at, and a number of the performances are outstanding...

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

July 2, 2008


Brave, yes, but undeniably excessive.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

July 2, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

Die-hard Bard students may quibble, but this gargantuan and glorious Hamlet is a movie-lover's paradise.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

September 17, 2007
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Branagh combines one of the Bard's best plays with some of the best filmmaking the medium has to offer.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 9/10

August 25, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Branagh has one-upped Olivier again by making his Hamlet a bold spectacle: big and loud and colorful.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

August 16, 2007
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Fine version of one of The Bard's best plays.

| Original Score: 5/5

December 8, 2006
Emanuel Levy

If you're willing to sit through Branah's 4-hour Hamlet, you'll be rewarded with a lavishly mounted, full-bodied version that brings new dimensions.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

July 15, 2006
Widgett Walls

The few missteps, mostly in casting, are a drop in the bucket when it comes to this adaptation.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 14, 2004
Dragan Antulov

Viewers patient enough to sit through four hours of this film are going to be rewarded with a memorable experience.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

June 1, 2004
Alex Ramirez

La cinta de Branagh evitó rescatar momentos cumbres y optó por dar fuerza al guión original.

Full Review Source: Cinenganos | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 12, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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There are many ... instances when you want to run screaming from Elsinore Castle.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 25, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Stars Kenneth Branagh as a vigorous man of action who sets out to accomplish his mission with firm resolve.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 21, 2002
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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With his handsome and compelling Hamlet, Kenneth Branagh brings the Bard's greatest tragedy passionately alive on the screen.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 15, 2002
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Uma versão à altura (senão melhor) do clássico de Laurence Olivier.

| Original Score: 5/5

May 31, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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This Hamlet may not be perfect, but it is perfectly engrossing.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

April 12, 2002
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Not many filmmakers would dare to film and then market a four-hour film like this, but Branagh pulls it off marvelously.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

February 27, 2001
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