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Hamlet Reviews

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February 24, 2013
This Hamlet, a Best Picture winner, unfortunately stands as one of the stagier productions of the famous play.
February 20, 2008
Despite winning several Oscars, Olivier's (condensed) version of Shakespeare's masterpiece makes for frustrating viewing.
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.
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.
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
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.
July 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 18, 2002
If you want to study Shakespeare, and how it should really be done, then watch Laurence Olivier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2014
Laurence Olivier directed and stars in this astonishing Shakespeare adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
Olivier's direction of the film is inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 20, 2008
This is picture-making at its best, and its showing must be done with the dignity it deserves.
October 23, 2002
For its time, one of the best Shakespearean adaptations, even though a lot of the text has been omitted. Olivier's psychological take on Hamlet could be debated today.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
While I don't know if Olivier's is the best (I'm inclined to go with Branagh's), it certainly bears the indelible stamp of its director/star's personality.
August 8, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
August 30, 2007
One of the best versions of the Bard's.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 21, 2004
A valuable classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
February 28, 2002
It is everything that it should be: beautiful and haunting, powerful and ultimately tragic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
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