Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1991)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead



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Movie Info

Based on Tom Stoppard's play, this erudite comedy rethinks Hamlet by telling the story of two of its least important characters. The duo debates the theory of probability, the nature of Hamlet's madness, and which of them is Rosencrantz and which Guildenstern while Shakespeare's tragedy plays out in the background.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Stoppard
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 22, 2005


as Rosencrantz

as Guildenstern

as The Player

as Ophelia

as Hamlet

as King Claudius

as Queen Gertrude

as Polonius

as Horatio

as English Ambassador

as Tragedian

as Tragedian

as Tragedian

as Tragedian

as Tragedian
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Critic Reviews for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (8)

Both Oldman and Roth turn in flat and uninspiring performances.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

As happens at the opera, one usually laughs (if one laughs at all) not because something is funny, but because one has successfully recognized that it is supposed to be funny.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Staged as they are here, the jokes and the fourth-wall gamesmanship don't seem as funny as they did on the page.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

As a movie, this material, freely adapted by Stoppard, is boring and endless. It lies flat on the screen, hardly stirring.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Unfortunately, Stoppard the director does not match the invigorating brilliance of Stoppard the writer.

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

A wonderfully witty film masterfully transferred from a marvellous stage script to the screen.

The dialogue is constant and highly entertaining, the meshing of Stoppard's modern day speech of the original parts of the story and Shakespeare's original Hamlet practically seamless and masterfully worked.

Gary Oldman gives a superb performance as Guildernstern (or is it Rosencratz - and, at the end of the day, does it matter?) outstanding in a fabulous cast. All in all this film cannot be recommended highly enough.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

I loved the cast and love Tom Stoppard's work, but this predecessor to "Shakespeare in Love" was much less stimulating, even though it was equally clever.

Summer W.

Super Reviewer

Humorous take on two minor characters in Hamlet is a bit extended but Oldman and especially Tim Roth are excellent and make a great team of if not exactly buffoons than simple minded couriers. Richard Dreyfus is also full of puckish fun as the leader of an itinerant troupe.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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