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Scotland, PA. (2001)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 74
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 30

Though it's not as good as it could have been, Scotland PA shows cleverness at utilizing its premise.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 16

Though it's not as good as it could have been, Scotland PA shows cleverness at utilizing its premise.



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What happens if you take one of William Shakespeare's darkest tragedies and move it to a burger joint in the early 1970s? The answer can be found in the satiric comedy Scotland, PA, the first feature from writer and director Billy Morrissette. Mac McBeth (James LeGros) is a hard-working but unambitious doofus who toils at a hamburger stand alongside his wife Pat (Maura Tierney), who has a significant edge in the brains department. Pat is convinced she could do a lot better with the place than


Drama, Comedy

Billy Morrissette

Oct 22, 2002


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All Critics (79) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (30) | DVD (5)

Offers more mild amusement than outright laughs...

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's a setup so easy it borders on facile, but keeping the film from cheap-shot mediocrity is its crack cast.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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There are some truly wacky parallels with Shakespeare's play.

May 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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It's simple, sizzly and very funny.

March 22, 2002
Washington Post
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The fun is infectious -- the puns, in-jokes and referential asides will keep Shakespeare buffs busy and the rest of the audience entertained even as some punch lines zing over their heads.

March 22, 2002
Washington Post
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A trailer-trash version of Macbeth that should be avoided like an Elizabethan pox.

March 13, 2002
New York Observer
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This should have been a black comic masterpiece.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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... can't be dismissed as a vanity project

August 8, 2005 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A slyly macabre fantasia that works on its own demented terms.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline

It's as nourishing as a Big Mac with fries.

October 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An uneven parody that sometimes amuses but just as often annoys.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Quite possibly the best "modernizing" of a Shakespeare tale in recent memory.

July 9, 2002 Full Review Source:

McBeth's personal karmageddon builds with comedy and tragedy in equal measure, without being as long as the original.

July 1, 2002 Full Review

Very clever writing and great casting make this a comedy that's fun to watch even if you're not familiar with the source material.

June 28, 2002 Full Review Source:

If you keep a list of films you want to see one way or another, you would be doing yourself a service by keeping this film high up on that list.

June 17, 2002 Full Review Source:

It's not exactly a gourmet meal but the fare is fair, even coming from the drive-thru.

June 7, 2002 Full Review
Des Moines Register

Underachieves only in not taking the Shakespeare parallels quite far enough.

April 26, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

The combined talents of cast and crew create a new take on an enduring drama that pairs nicely with a side order of kitsch.

April 25, 2002
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

As flaccid and undistinguished as star James LeGros's period wig.

April 19, 2002 Full Review Source:

This spawn of William Shakespeare and Ray Kroc has more fun with [the] thin premise than you might expect, mostly because of Maura Tierney.

April 11, 2002 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A disappointment for those who love alternate versions of the Bard, particularly ones that involve deep fryers and hamburgers.

April 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Audience Reviews for Scotland, PA.

A bit bumpy in execution but an interesting take on updating MacBeth.
February 9, 2012
jay nixon

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70s-tastic! Clever adaptation of Macbeth with modern kills, dynasties, and sexplay. Maura Tierney is hot.
April 5, 2009

Super Reviewer

Terrible. This goes to show that Christopher Walken really will do anything he is offered. It also proves that Andy Dick must die. Only good part: McBeth shoves a hamburger in vegetarian Walkens mouth as he tries to kill him.
March 15, 2008
Curtis Lilly

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To become king -- of the fast food industry. A wonderful transposition of the MacBeth tragedy. Yeah, it's true, a thousand years ago I guess killing MacDuff's family might have somehow helped expedite the plan, but we're talking the 1970s here, so it really strikes me as more efficient to get right to the root of the problem: Will the power driven James LeGros, spurred by his ruthless soulmate, kill big city cop Chris Walken before the wily veteran vegetarian detective discovers the truth about this twisted couple's grisly push to the top of all fast foodom? The biggest revelation for me in this one is the job Maura Tierney does of descending very believably into the depths of madness. As Lady MacBeth, she works that oil burn as the sign of blood on her hands to true perfection. If for nothing else -- although it is Shakespeare, after all, so even if it sucked, I'd still feel a need to give it a viewing -- you must see this for Tierney's performance. I'm pretty sure she's a TV veteran, although I don't know what show(s), but I really cannot remember ever seeing her in films before. I can't even guess how old she might be, but she is a comer. I'll be on the lookout for more good work from her. A late bloomer perhaps?
February 25, 2008

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