Critic Consensus: This haunting, eccentric Macbeth may be hampered by budget constraints, but Orson Welles delivers both behind and in front of the camera.
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Critic Reviews for Macbeth
Only a few of the Bard's best lines are audible. The rest are lost in strained, dialectic gibbering that is only sound, not prose.
One of the director's most personal creations, it's a courageous experiment with a craggy barbaric splendor all its own.
There is force in this rough, hasty rendering; the sheer speed of the pacing gives it a quality of crushing delirium.
Audience Reviews for Macbeth
Hor-rors. This may be the worst version I've ever seen. To reiterate, this is my favorite of Shakespeare's plays, so I'm most critical when I watch a production. Worse still for Orson Welles, I was just iPoding the Arkangel recording while I was walking the Great Wall in China last week, so the play's all the more fresh in my mind. It's as if Welles thinks he's always doing Citizen Kane -- don't get me started. You don't have to emote, okay, you have to deliver. The words carry enough drama all by themselves, all right? Yet one more reason why Welles will never make either my favorite actor or my favorite director lists.
Another inspired, original work by one of the true artists in American cinema. Welles makes excellent use of his small budget, producing a film that is both stylish and surprising. He does things with the play that are unusual, and that's part of what makes his piece so exciting to watch. An absorbing visual marvel.
Near theatre-like, Wells adaption of Macbeth, presents in with vision and some rather near-perfect shots of the three witches, cursing thy formulas of the future. Like the serpents sting, death betrays the lust of kings.
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