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Othello Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 16, 2008
A decent but not great version that makes Shakespeare's reliable play accessible, but the acting is uneven: Branagh is witty as Iago, Fishburne looks but doesn't sound right, and Jacob is pale as Desdemona.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 16, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
December 8, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
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Anna Smith
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A highly engaging attempt at Shakespeare's most domestic tragedy.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
December 5, 2004
An entertaining, respectful adaptation that plays like an erotic thriller with Elizabethan language.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
February 6, 2004
Fishburne gives an amazingly chilling turn; when his Othello receives the Bad News about his lady love, Fishburne positively radiates homicide.
| Original Score: 4/5
Fred Topel
About.com
November 25, 2003
Fine Shakespeare adaptation
| Original Score: 4/5
Fred Topel
About.com
November 25, 2003
Fine Shakespeare adaptation
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 7, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Branagh's superb performance...guarantees this film an immediacy that any audience will understand.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
December 18, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
November 28, 2002
A pop-tart telling of Shakespeare's vengeful drama, done with remarkable flair.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Hollywood Reporter
October 15, 2002
Davies has done an admirable job of condensing the sprawling action.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
Othello is a mesmerizing screen version of Shakespeare's drama that gets high marks for its memorable delineation of the red-hot heart of jealousy.
Cory Cheney
Urban Tulsa Weekly
August 8, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Parker has shown how involving and moving Shakespeare can still be on the screen.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
For sheer impact, this Othello can stand side-by-side with the versions brought to the screen by Orson Welles (as restored in 1992) and Lawrence Olivier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Fishburne, Jacob, and Branagh make Parker's version of Othello a chilling and horrific tragedy.
| Original Score: 86/100
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
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Houston Chronicle
October 18, 2008
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 18, 2008
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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