Performances all fall in a middle range between the competent and the lackluster.
It's a surprisingly successful venture, decked out in Anglo-Saxon styles and with a brooding, robust castle setting which oozes horse muck.
[Mel Gibson] is by far the best part of Mr. Zeffirelli's sometimes slick but always lucid and beautifully cinematic version of the play.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Gibson gives the melancholy Dane an earnest but pedestrian reading.
There's nothing embarrassing about Zeffirelli's brisk new version, nor anything particularly remarkable; it's an entirely credible, middle-of-the-road production.
The style of Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet, with Mel Gibson in the title role, is robust and physical and -- don't take this the wrong way -- upbeat.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Reduced to 'Master Pieces Theater,' Shakespeare's text nevertheless gains in force what it loses in integrity.
| Original Score: B+