Does Polanski's Macbeth work? Not especially, but it was an admirable try.
Polanski's evident desire to elicit understated, naturalistic performances from his cast also underplays the poetry of the play...
The film's bear-baiting, barnyard pageantry is less convincing than its clammy locations.
The major problem with the film is that the acting is lifeless.
| Original Score: 2/4
This is an original film by an original film artist, and not an 'interpretation.'
| Original Score: 4/4
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
Polanski's worldview of brutish power-plays couldn't be more at home in Shakespeare's medieval times
I don't know that there's a clear winner in the contest for Roman Polanski's bleakest depiction of human nature. But "Macbeth" is indisputably in the running.
| Original Score: 8/10
If you're a fan of Shakespeare or Polanski, you won't want to miss this.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Shakespeare's bloodiest play gets a chilling existentialist update from Roman Polanski
| Original Score: 5/5
Macbeth is dark, malignant, shot through with the most upsetting and gut-wrenching violence you will ever see in a major-studio release.
| Original Score: 5/5
[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+
Something of a disappointment.
| Original Score: 3/4
A worthy addition to the Bard's cinematic canon.
| Original Score: 80/100
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
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.
An over-the-top bu highly effective adaption of the Shakespeare classic with Polanski's disctinctive touches.
With its apparent fixation on murder and cruelty, it is difficult to overlook a number of the unsettling autobiographical details in the film.
a bloody, rip-roaring good time
| Original Score: 3.5