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Macbeth Reviews

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Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

If you're a fan of Shakespeare or Polanski, you won't want to miss this.

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 12, 2012
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

a bloody, rip-roaring good time

Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 3.5

August 17, 2010
Fernando F. Croce

Polanski's worldview of brutish power-plays couldn't be more at home in Shakespeare's medieval times

Full Review Source: CinePassion

December 6, 2009
Variety Staff
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Does Polanski's Macbeth work? Not especially, but it was an admirable try.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Polanski elicited naturalistic understated performances from his actors which bolstered the play's realism while bringing the poetry down to earth. Some would argue he brought it too far down.

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

July 3, 2008
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader

July 3, 2008


Polanski has increased the film's barbaric realism and fills the screen with blood, mud and brooding atmosphere.

Full Review Source: Film4

July 2, 2008
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Polanski's evident desire to elicit understated, naturalistic performances from his cast also underplays the poetry of the play...

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Released just two years after Polanski's then pregnant wife was brutally murdered by members of the Manson family, and morbidly preoccupied with violence and cruelty

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

March 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Something of a disappointment.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

December 6, 2005
Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Nothing else in the cannon of Shakespeare filmic adaptations comes close to the dramatic purity that Polanski achieves with "Macbeth."

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A+

November 7, 2005
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

An over-the-top bu highly effective adaption of the Shakespeare classic with Polanski's disctinctive touches.

| Original Score: 5/5

March 25, 2005
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

With its apparent fixation on murder and cruelty, it is difficult to overlook a number of the unsettling autobiographical details in the film.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

November 1, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is an original film by an original film artist, and not an 'interpretation.'

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 23, 2004
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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The film's bear-baiting, barnyard pageantry is less convincing than its clammy locations.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 4, 2004
Patrick Byrne
Apollo Guide

Forces Shakespeare into the modern terrain of sickly spiralling sensibilities, with blood, lust, and madness at the forefront.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 88/100

March 16, 2004
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Shakespeare's bloodiest play gets a chilling existentialist update from Roman Polanski

| Original Score: 5/5

July 26, 2002
Jeremy Heilman

Shakespeare wrote "the play's the thing," but it makes an argument that the setting and direction can play just as important a role in dramatizing an adaptation.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

June 10, 2002
Jeremiah Kipp

Made shortly after the Sharon Tate murders, there's a disturbing resonance when Macbeth's gang of wild-eyed assassins butchers noble MacDuff's wife and children.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 7, 2002
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

A worthy addition to the Bard's cinematic canon.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 80/100

July 25, 2001
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