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Scotland, Pa. Reviews

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Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
This should have been a black comic masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Farber
December 2, 2002
A slyly macabre fantasia that works on its own demented terms.
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
October 21, 2002
It's a setup so easy it borders on facile, but keeping the film from cheap-shot mediocrity is its crack cast.
Paul Salfen
July 9, 2002
Quite possibly the best "modernizing" of a Shakespeare tale in recent memory.
July 1, 2002
McBeth's personal karmageddon builds with comedy and tragedy in equal measure, without being as long as the original.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/5
John Venable
June 28, 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 | Original Score: 8.5/10
Edward Havens
June 17, 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 | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
June 7, 2002
It's not exactly a gourmet meal but the fare is fair, even coming from the drive-thru.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
May 10, 2002
There are some truly wacky parallels with Shakespeare's play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Hebert
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 26, 2002
Underachieves only in not taking the Shakespeare parallels quite far enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sue Pierman
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 25, 2002
The combined talents of cast and crew create a new take on an enduring drama that pairs nicely with a side order of kitsch.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 11, 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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 22, 2002
It's simple, sizzly and very funny.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 22, 2002
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.
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
March 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 8, 2002
Scotland, PA is Macbeth done with bell-bottoms, fast food and absolutely no pretension. It's that last bit that makes this amiable, shaggy Shakespeare satire so engaging -- and so disposable, too.
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
March 7, 2002
Deviating from the familiar plot whenever internal logic so demands, the movie is a splendid success on its own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 7, 2002
Earns its laughs from stock redneck 'types' and from the many, many moments when we recognize even without the Elizabethan prose, the play behind the thing.
| Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 7, 2002
The audacity to view one of Shakespeare's better known tragedies as a dark comedy is, by itself, deserving of discussion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
March 5, 2002
More of a bitter, mean-spirited parody than it is a tragedy, and chances are you're either going to really dig it or think it's awful (chalk me up in the former category).
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 18, 2008

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
February 22, 2002
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