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Hamlet 2 (2008)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 142
Fresh: 88 | Rotten: 54

The script's biting premise and Steve Coogan's endearing, off-the-handle performance make Hamlet 2 an hysterical -- if slightly painful -- ride.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 19

The script's biting premise and Steve Coogan's endearing, off-the-handle performance make Hamlet 2 an hysterical -- if slightly painful -- ride.



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Steve Coogan stars in the comedy Hamlet 2, which follows a drama teacher who tries to put together a production of "Hamlet 2" to rescue his high-school theater department. Catherine Keener co-stars in the Andrew Fleming-helmed production. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi



Andrew Fleming, Pam Brady

Dec 21, 2008


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For anyone who ever took drama in High School, Coogan's character will surely ignite memories of quirky, even downright crazy teachers you may have encountered over the years.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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The funniest Shakespearean sequel since Richard IV.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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A high school musical that would make John Waters proud.

August 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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[A] dazzling little comedy.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Not since Death of a Salesman has failure been quite so entertaining.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Bafflingly, this poorly executed, undercooked comedy was the big winner at Sundance this year.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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High school theater spoof lacks some spark.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Some of it doesn't work at all, but much of it is both sharply astute and hysterically funny

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

I haven't laughed so hard in years. Coogan is pure brilliance...

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Moments of demented inspiration as the ridiculously catchy ditty 'Rock Me Sexy Jesus' are few and far between.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source:

That sound you hear is Shakespeare spinning in his grave after watching Hamlet 2 from the Great Beyond.

December 23, 2008 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

Buoyed by Steve Coogan's unapologetically go-for-broke performance...

November 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Coogan is a master at playing jerks, but Dana is too silly, too stupid, and too unappealing to enlist us on his side.

November 12, 2008

i pio anatreptiki komodia poy ehei ksepidisei ap' to aneksartito kykloma ta teleytaia hronia

November 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Oddly, what's supposed to be a great comedy about a bad play is in fact a bad comedy about a play that looks pretty frigging amazing

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

The play's the thing in Hamlet 2.

September 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Illinois Times
Illinois Times

While they may be trying to "save drama," (the $6,000 a year Tucson High School luxury) they are also lovingly destroying it.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Brady and Fleming, who co-wrote the script, build to a feverish finale, 15 minutes of pure transgressive laughter when Hamlet 2 is finally performed.

September 5, 2008
Salt Lake Tribune

I laughed enough while I watched it, but as I write this review, I realize how shabby it really is. And Marschz is annoying.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: The Cinema Source

Silly, inconsequential fun with enough laughs to make it worth a trip to the megaplex.

September 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

The lowbrow humor in Hamlet 2 works consistently well, but much more intelligent jokes are launched from the wry lips of Catherine Keener.

September 3, 2008 Full Review Source:

a wildly uneven satire--not nearly as controversial or as funny as you might have expected.

September 3, 2008

Hamlet 2 has a lot on its mind, not all of it good. You can tell everyone involved here knows what they're doing... it's just that they have too many balls in the air and can't effectively juggle them at once.

September 3, 2008
The Trend

There's something admirable about a comedy that celebrates the provocative nature of art, even if that comedy doesn't quite provoke as much as it could have.

September 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
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Audience Reviews for Hamlet 2

Pretty stupid, but okay for something light. Few laughs among the bad taste.
December 1, 2013

Super Reviewer

Hamlet 2 has its moments but doesn't quite achieve what it sets out to. At times the performances hide the bad writing but most of the time the good writing is spoiled by bad performances. I've never been much of Steve Coogan fan, I can't say watching him fail at physical comedy while putting on the worst American accent I've ever heard has warmed me to him. Catherine Keener and David Arquette are wasted and I'm a little bit in love with Elisabeth Shue, so good on her for taking this risk but I personally want better for her. Basically all this was actually done for real when Jerry Springer The Opera came out, it basically rips off the story.
September 13, 2013

Super Reviewer

I went into this not expecting much... I was delightfully wrong. This film is outrageous enought to be funny and not too crude to be overly offensive. Steve Coogan plays a great part that I enjoyed. The wimp teacher turned bool guy. The young actors in this are really good as well.
May 21, 2012
Joshua Wilburn

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A failed-actor-turned-drama-teacher attempts to save his high school's drama program by putting on an original work called Hamlet 2.
This film is goofy as shit. There's no other way to describe Steve Coogan's performance or the premise as a whole. The film constantly puts Coogan's character up for ridicule, and Coogan commits wholeheartedly to each wacky moment. And who would've thought that David Arquette could play the "strong" silent type?
I've often wondered if a film about a character who has lost himself in movies would work, and in Hamlet 2 it does only to the extent of screwball comedy. There is little in the way of dramatic tension, and I think your enjoyment of the film depends on your tolerance for goofiness. If nothing else, it's impossible to resist playing the sing-along version of "Rock Me Sexy Jesus" one more time.
March 18, 2011
Jim Hunter

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    1. Noah Sapperstein: Sometimes an idea could be so bad, it starts to turn good again.
    – Submitted by Dann M (3 months ago)
    1. Dana Marschz: I feel like I've been raped. In the face!
    – Submitted by Damion B (2 years ago)
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