Macbeth (1971)

Macbeth (1971)




Critic Consensus: Roman Polanski's Macbeth is unsettling and uneven, but also undeniably compelling.

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A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord siezes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Roman Polanski, Kenneth Tynan
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 7, 2002
Columbia Pictures


as Macbeth

as Lady Macbeth

as Banquo

as Donalbain

as Mentieth

as Caithness

as Seyton

as Young Witch

as Blind Witch

as Cawdor

as 1st Witch

as 1st King's Groom

as 2nd King's Groom

as Gentlewoman

as 1st Minor Thane

as 2nd Minor Thane

as 3rd Minor Thane

as Macduff's Son

as Lady Macduff

as Young Seyward

as Old Seyward

as Murderer

as Old Soldier

as Old Soldier

as Boy Apprentice

as Dancer

as Blind Witch

as Dancer

as Dancer

as Dancer

as Macduff's Son
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Critic Reviews for Macbeth

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (6)

Does Polanski's Macbeth work? Not especially, but it was an admirable try.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

The wide-screen visuals swamp the dialogue, and the thematics have been turned inside out -- but that's what movie adaptations ought to do.

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Polanski's evident desire to elicit understated, naturalistic performances from his cast also underplays the poetry of the play...

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This is an original film by an original film artist, and not an 'interpretation.'

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The film's bear-baiting, barnyard pageantry is less convincing than its clammy locations.

Full Review… | May 4, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's a model of how to stay true to Shakespeare and film without sacrificing one for the other, and if that wasn't evident in 1971, it ought to be obvious now.

Full Review… | September 29, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Macbeth


In case you ever wondered what would happen if Polanski did a Shakespeare production, check out this movie, it's actually very cool. I loved it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Rich and thick as stew. A graphic introduction to Shakespeare in shocking display.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

Bloody yet brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. One of the few film adaptations of Shakespeare that I've thoroughly enjoyed watching. Jon Finch was absolutely incredible as Macbeth. I also loved the actress who played Lady Macbeth. Highly recommended.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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