O Reviews

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Richard Luck
July 6, 2008
The presence of old lags Martin Sheen and John Heard just beggars belief. What were they thinking?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Ansen
March 31, 2008
This arty melodrama is not likely to make teenage America get down with Shakespeare.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 25, 2008
It's highly enjoyable and well acted, with the Iago figure better motivated than in the original play, no single line of which has been retained except for the odd echo.
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Todd McCarthy
March 25, 2008
This transferral of the tragedy of the Moor to a contempo American high school is something that never should have gone further than a class assignment to see if it could be made to work.
Ed Kelleher
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Helmer Nelson has fashioned a clever premise, helped along by a smart ensemble that manages to highlight Shakespeare's work without parodying it--no small accomplishment.
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Hartnett never allows him to become a hissable villain, keeping Hugo shy of our sympathies, yet his every move is utterly believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
September 17, 2006
Long on the Shelf, O is well directed and decently acted, but its narrative, while more or less faithful to Shakespeare, tried to do too much, pushing the characters and their emotions to unreasonable and unconvincing extremes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Credit, none the less, to the film-makers' game, unpatronising approach, and to Phifer and Stiles as compelling innocents.
Michael Dequina
Film Threat
January 9, 2006
Leave it to Hollywood to make a bold, challenging film for teens (and adults) only to let it collect dust on a shelf as proposed release dates were set, then scratched, many times over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ross Williams
Film Threat
January 9, 2006
A well crafted and thoughtful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ian Waldron-Mantgani
Apollo Guide
May 21, 2005
There's an air of authenticity to the proceedings here, and stylistic pretension never obscures good storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Wilson Morales
May 13, 2003
Let the film stand on its own and not amiss controversy.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
An intriguing experiment on paper, but a throwaway onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 10, 2003
While O does contain some good performances and a creative sense of direction by Tim Blake Nelson, the film never really becomes anything more than a curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rebecca Murray
December 17, 2002
The film's top acting kudos go to Mekhi Phifer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
This is definitely worth watching, thanks to the performances and Nelson's direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
I am happy to report that O does not do violence to, nor dumb down, its important themes.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Othello may be the saddest of all Shakespeare's tragedies, and O captures its power in the storm-tossed emotions of modern teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Bradshaw
October 2, 2002
Perhaps overaware of its solemn literary inheritance, it tiptoes around sex and race, and, in turning Shakespeare's grown-ups into Dawson's Creek teens, jettisons much of the original's grandeur.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Richard Luck
September 17, 2002
An unnecessary addition to the cannon of cinematic Shakespeare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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