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Hamlet Reviews

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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
February 23, 2016
Altogether Hamlet is one of the most impressive films ever made and, so far as Shakespeare's work is concerned, it need never be done again on stage nor for the screen, as the Olivier production... may stand for all time as THE Hamlet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Witney Seibold
February 23, 2016
Olivier strikes a balance between Hamlet the brooding indecisive human and Hamlet the funny, mincing stage presence. It's one of the better Hamlet performances you'll ever see.
MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
February 16, 2016
[The film] shows the range of imagination and artistic integrity which belong to all Sir Laurence Olivier's work as producer, actor and film director.
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
February 24, 2014
Laurence Olivier directed and stars in this astonishing Shakespeare adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 2, 2013
So stylistically influenced by Welles that it might have been called Citizen Dane.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
February 24, 2013
This Hamlet, a Best Picture winner, unfortunately stands as one of the stagier productions of the famous play.
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TIME Magazine
February 18, 2009
Sir Laurence Olivier's masterful version of the classic.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
February 20, 2008
Olivier's classic and personalised version of the troubled Prince of Denmark is still highly atmospheric and intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

February 20, 2008
Hamlet has been filmed many times, but few can hold a candle to Olivier's portrayal of the Danish prince in 1948.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 20, 2008
Despite winning several Oscars, Olivier's (condensed) version of Shakespeare's masterpiece makes for frustrating viewing.
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Variety Staff
February 20, 2008
This is picture-making at its best, and its showing must be done with the dignity it deserves.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 30, 2007
One of the best versions of the Bard's.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
December 12, 2006
The matter is settled; the filmed Hamlet of Laurence Olivier gives absolute proof that these classics are magnificiently suited to the screen.

TV Guide
December 12, 2006
Olivier always felt that each different Hamlet is an essay, subject to the individual's interpretation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 12, 2006
Laurence Olivier's famous 1948 interpretation of Shakespeare's play suffers slightly from his pop-Freud approach to the character and from some excessively flashy, wrongheaded camera work.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
October 31, 2006
Olivier's Hamlet is terrific to watch and his performance is great but, like the play, the film is somewhat tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
July 15, 2006
Done in different style than Henry V, based on Olivier's metaphor that Hamlet is more like an engraving than a painting, the play was hauntingly shot in b/w, dwelling on the Castle and its massive and gloomy corridors where the action takes place.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 21, 2004
A valuable classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
January 30, 2004
Of the four versions of Hamlet that I've seen, this one is the most psychological, the one that truly delves into Hamlet's mind and psyche.
| Original Score: 4/5
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 10, 2003
The best ever adaptation of Shakespeare's best ever play. Olivier is mesmerising.
| Original Score: 5/5
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