• R, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:    Andrew Fleming
  • In Theaters:    Aug 22, 2008 Wide
  • On DVD:    Dec 21, 2008
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Hamlet 2 Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 21, 2008

Bounces along quickly and remarkably inoffensively given its deliberately edgy content, and wraps up exactly how you expect it will.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 22, 2008

...in the end the movie is redeemed by a weird integrity.

Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
August 18, 2008

Despite the richness of the premise for comic invention, however, Hamlet 2 remains a rather mediocre experience, offering sporadic laughs but never achieving the level of consistent humor necessary to make this memorable.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
Top Critic
August 22, 2008

Why so vulgar?

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Rocchi
Cinematical
August 25, 2008

A shoddy and indulgent mass of bits from other movies with a shapeless, shameless performance by British comedic actor Steve Coogan as its unfixed center.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
August 22, 2008

The more self-righteous it gets -- the more pious it is about offending people -- the less it works as a theatrical parody.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 22, 2008

It's not awful, but it has given itself a really tough act to follow.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
August 20, 2008

It's sacrilege, I know, to suggest that a Sundance hit would have been better as a strictly Hollywood product, but a bigger budget might have helped.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
August 21, 2008

Might have been brilliantly funny had the film found a way to suitably lay the groundwork for its premise.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
August 29, 2008

There is nothing wrong with Hamlet 1. It doesn't need further explanation. The Bard locked down all the loose ends and there is just no need for a sequel.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
August 26, 2008

Let's just call Hamlet 2 Waiting for Guffaws, and be done with it. Sadly, said laughter rarely comes, if at all

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
September 5, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
August 21, 2008

Watching Steve Coogan overact is like being pummeled bloody with a pillowcase packed tightly with frozen oranges.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
August 31, 2008

There are several pieces of vulgar language in the film that some viewers might find objectionable. I found them neither objectionable nor particularly funny. In fact, that sums up how I felt about the entire film.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 28, 2008

Collapses, despite a game and talented cast, and a brilliant concept. Well, concepts don't make movies.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic
August 22, 2008

I am not fond of listening to characters scream unfunny lines meant to send up the blandness of everyday people.

| Original Score: 0.5/4
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
December 30, 2010

High school theater spoof lacks some spark.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
Top Critic
August 22, 2008

If promotional hype of Falstaffian proportions has you convinced that Hamlet 2 is a Shakespearean romp or a musical involving a rocking sexy deity, some elucidation is in order.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
Top Critic
August 19, 2008

Sure, Steve Coogan has his hilarious moments as a delusional drama coach struggling to save the arts program at a Tucson, Ariz., high school, but that's all there is in the movie: moments.

Claudia Puig
USA Today
Top Critic
August 21, 2008

Its sharply funny moments make its lack of consistency all the more evident. The movie ends up feeling like a collection of moments, rather than a coherent quirky comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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