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Scotland, PA. (2001)


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

Critics Consensus: 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

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


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 5,704


Movie Info

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 … More

R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Billy Morrissette
In Theaters:
Oct 22, 2002
Box Office:
Lot 47 Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Scotland, PA.

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

Offers more mild amusement than outright laughs...

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Top Critic

It's a setup so easy it borders on facile, but keeping the film from cheap-shot mediocrity is its crack cast.

Full Review… | October 21, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

There are some truly wacky parallels with Shakespeare's play.

Full Review… | May 10, 2002
Denver Post
Top Critic

It's simple, sizzly and very funny.

March 22, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

A trailer-trash version of Macbeth that should be avoided like an Elizabethan pox.

March 13, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

This should have been a black comic masterpiece.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

... can't be dismissed as a vanity project

Full Review… | August 8, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

Full Review… | December 2, 2002

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

Full Review… | October 23, 2002
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | October 21, 2002
San Diego Metropolitan

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

Full Review… | July 9, 2002

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

Full Review… | July 1, 2002

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.

Full Review… | June 28, 2002

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.

Full Review… | June 17, 2002

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

Full Review… | June 7, 2002
Des Moines Register

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

Full Review… | April 26, 2002
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.

Full Review… | April 19, 2002

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

Full Review… | April 11, 2002
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

Full Review… | April 5, 2002

Audience Reviews for Scotland, PA.


A bit bumpy in execution but an interesting take on updating MacBeth.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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

Alice Shen

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.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer


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?

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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