If you're a fan of Shakespeare or Polanski, you won't want to miss this.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
a bloody, rip-roaring good time
| Original Score: 3.5
Polanski's worldview of brutish power-plays couldn't be more at home in Shakespeare's medieval times
Does Polanski's Macbeth work? Not especially, but it was an admirable try.
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
The wide-screen visuals swamp the dialogue, and the thematics have been turned inside out -- but that's what movie adaptations ought to do.
Polanski has increased the film's barbaric realism and fills the screen with blood, mud and brooding atmosphere.
Polanski's evident desire to elicit understated, naturalistic performances from his cast also underplays the poetry of the play...
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
Something of a disappointment.
| Original Score: 3/4
[VIDEO ESSAY] Nothing else in the cannon of Shakespeare filmic adaptations comes close to the dramatic purity that Polanski achieves with "Macbeth."
| Original Score: A+
An over-the-top bu highly effective adaption of the Shakespeare classic with Polanski's disctinctive touches.
| Original Score: 5/5
With its apparent fixation on murder and cruelty, it is difficult to overlook a number of the unsettling autobiographical details in the film.
This is an original film by an original film artist, and not an 'interpretation.'
The film's bear-baiting, barnyard pageantry is less convincing than its clammy locations.
Forces Shakespeare into the modern terrain of sickly spiralling sensibilities, with blood, lust, and madness at the forefront.
| Original Score: 88/100
Shakespeare's bloodiest play gets a chilling existentialist update from Roman Polanski
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A worthy addition to the Bard's cinematic canon.
| Original Score: 80/100