Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 3, 2008
Unfortunately, Stoppard the director does not match the invigorating brilliance of Stoppard the writer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film4
July 3, 2008
A disastrous adaptation of an excellent play.
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com
April 5, 2006
...On stage, the sprightly teleological riffs and bebop dialogue delight as ends in themselves. Here they're leaden and compromised. What happened?
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Both Oldman and Roth turn in flat and uninspiring performances.
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
May 13, 2004
Really head-twisting adaptation of the play with fine work from Oldman and Roth.
| Original Score: 4/5
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
August 15, 2003
Probably the best stage to screen adaptation I've ever seen. Essential.
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 10, 2003
Tom Stoppard's 1967 morality play has been translated into a high-spirited and well-acted film.
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 21, 2003
By trying to take advantage of the medium, Stoppard loses track of what makes his work so wonderful. This belongs on the stage.
| Original Score: 2/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
"belongs on the stage, but for what it is, not bad"
| Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
At a full two hours in length, there are just too many stretches where little or nothing is going on...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Staged as they are here, the jokes and the fourth-wall gamesmanship don't seem as funny as they did on the page.
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
As a movie, this material, freely adapted by Stoppard, is boring and endless. It lies flat on the screen, hardly stirring.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Kathleen Maher
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern may be dead, but they do save the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
A mess, but a damn amusing one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 24, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 25, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 16, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Oz
Hollywood Bitchslap
May 26, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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