Scotland, Pa. Reviews

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David Rooney
Variety
May 20, 2008
Offers more mild amusement than outright laughs...
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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.
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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
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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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 13, 2002
A trailer-trash version of Macbeth that should be avoided like an Elizabethan pox.
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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.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
March 8, 2002
... the quality of the material is scattered and uneven.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 8, 2002
... plays like one of those lampoons put on by lawyers (and journalists), the kind that start out amusing and end up grasping for gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
March 1, 2002
None of this is very original, and it isn't particularly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
February 28, 2002
The jokes sometimes fall flat, but the weirdness and darkening of tone make for quirky fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 28, 2002
Sometimes smart but more often sophomoric.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
February 26, 2002
... while certainly clever in spots, this too-long, spoofy update of Shakespeare's Macbeth doesn't sustain a high enough level of invention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 26, 2002
... a Shakespearean happy meal.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
February 26, 2002
Scotland, PA. blurs the line between black comedy and black hole.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
February 16, 2002
Scotland, Pa. succeeds because of the cast's communal vibe of arrogant stupidity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 15, 2002
I enjoyed the movie in a superficial way, while never sure what its purpose was.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 15, 2002
... a joke at once flaky and resonant, lightweight and bizarrely original.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 14, 2002
Out, damned flop!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 12, 2002
Peppered with witty dialogue and inventive moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 10, 2002
It's an indication of the movie's cluelessness that Walken is cast as the one true voice of sanity.
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John Anderson
Newsday
February 8, 2002
Film can't quite maintain its initial momentum, but remains sporadically funny throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 8, 2002
Flat and uninspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
February 8, 2002
A joke that wears thin pretty quickly.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 8, 2002
Scotland, PA goes down as smooth as a McShake, thanks to Walken's priceless performance.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 7, 2002
Too leisurely paced and visually drab for its own good, it succeeds in being only sporadically amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 5, 2002
Does little to elaborate the conceit of setting this blood-soaked tragedy of murderous ambition in the era of Richard Nixon.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 3, 2002
Walken is so funny, he almost makes you forget this flick is one joke stretched thinner than Calista Flockhart.
| Original Score: 2/5