• Hamlet
    2 minutes 42 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Hamlet Reviews

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Emanuel Levy

Starring Mel Gibson, Zeffirelli's Oscar-nominated version is colorful and mildly engaging, but lacking depth and poetry, and the two women are miscast.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

June 6, 2012
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Alas, poor Mel Gibson! I knew him when he was on top of the world.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 19, 2012
Randy White
Common Sense Media

Mel Gibson emotes as the doleful Dane.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 2, 2011
Variety Staff
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Performances all fall in a middle range between the competent and the lackluster.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 4, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Offers what amounts to a comic book intro to Shakespeare's classic, retaining few of the play's psychological complexities.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 4, 2008
Derek Adams
Time Out
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It's a surprisingly successful venture, decked out in Anglo-Saxon styles and with a brooding, robust castle setting which oozes horse muck.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

In retrospect, it's a small jump from Shakespeare to God. What if Gibson had been stopped then?

| Original Score: 1/5

June 23, 2004


Not only is Mel Gibson much better than you might expect, but Zeffirelli's Hamlet is often entertaining and rarely hard to endure.

Full Review Source: Film4

October 4, 2003
Caryn James
New York Times
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[Mel Gibson] is by far the best part of Mr. Zeffirelli's sometimes slick but always lucid and beautifully cinematic version of the play.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 4, 2003
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Zeffirelli does an excellent job at juggling with updating Hamlet, while staying close to the classic play.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 16, 2003
Greg Muskewitz

Gibson and his ego fancy himself as an ideal Hamlet, which is tragic to the film in a different sense.

| Original Score: 2/5

July 10, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

Gibson makes a fine, frenzied Hamlet, but Zeffirelli's direction leaves something to be desired.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 2, 2003
Widgett Walls

Gibson's Hamlet is more than respectable, but Helena Bonham Carter's the best Ophelia I've ever seen.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 6, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Zeffirelli's screen interpretation centers on Mel Gibson's deft portrayal of the intense emotions throttling the mind and body of this melancholy Dane.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

January 15, 2002
Shay Casey
Film Written Magazine

Frustratingly cold and distant ... actually starts to feel like the dusty work of a dead European guy.

Full Review Source: Film Written Magazine

September 23, 2001

Rolling Stone
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Gibson gives the melancholy Dane an earnest but pedestrian reading.

June 6, 2001
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Slow and plodding.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Mark R. Leeper

The scenery is nice but this much-trimmed re-telling is nothing Shakespeare would feel bad for missing.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Jeanne Cooper
Washington Post
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Reduced to 'Master Pieces Theater,' Shakespeare's text nevertheless gains in force what it loses in integrity.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

A fine introduction to the greatest play in history, but fairly lightweight for purists.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
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