• 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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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
Lloyd Rose
Washington Post
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The film equivalent of a lushly illustrated coffee-table book.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Scott Rosenberg
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Every little triumph seems to inspire in Branagh some accompanying act of bad taste or judgment.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

January 7, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Branagh's version moved me, entertained me and made me feel for the first time at home in that doomed royal court.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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I have seen dozens of versions of this play (either on screen or on stage), and none has ever held me in such a grip of awe.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 4/5

September 23, 2004
Michael Szymanski

| Original Score: 4/5

June 20, 2003
Mark R. Leeper

It is a flawed adaptation, but still probably the best cinematic theatrical release of Shakespeare's Hamlet

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: low +2 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
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
Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 4/5

August 14, 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
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
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

Moviegoers who applauded the vigilante justice in such recent films as Joel Schumacher's A Time To Kill and Barry Levinson's Sleepers should be totally in sync with the action and have no trouble surmounting the verbiage.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null

Yes, it's long, but you'd be surprised how fast it goes by, a testament to the incredible source material Branagh got to work with.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Not since Akira Kurosawa's Ran (a Japanese King Lear) has there been such an energetic, visually exciting presentation of a Shakespearean play.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 88/100

January 1, 2000
Rob Blackwelder

Hamlet is vast but manageable, gorgeous, and tragic on a very personal level. And every moment is riveting.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

| Original Score: 5/5

May 31, 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
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