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Hamlet Reviews

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 25, 2002
There are many ... instances when you want to run screaming from Elsinore Castle.
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Lloyd Rose
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The film equivalent of a lushly illustrated coffee-table book.
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Scott Rosenberg
January 1, 2000
Every little triumph seems to inspire in Branagh some accompanying act of bad taste or judgment.
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Shakespeare's great tragedy -- all of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Branagh's version moved me, entertained me and made me feel for the first time at home in that doomed royal court.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
I have seen dozens of versions of this play (either on screen or on stage), and none has ever held me in such a grip of awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 23, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
June 20, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
It is a flawed adaptation, but still probably the best cinematic theatrical release of Shakespeare's Hamlet
Full Review | Original Score: low +2 out of -4..+4
Rob Gonsalves
September 17, 2007
Die-hard Bard students may quibble, but this gargantuan and glorious Hamlet is a movie-lover's paradise.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
August 14, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 16, 2007
Branagh has one-upped Olivier again by making his Hamlet a bold spectacle: big and loud and colorful.
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
April 20, 2011
A work of tremendous personal ambition equipped with a budget nearly equal in magnitude.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Moviegoers who applauded the vigilante justice in such recent films as Joel Schumacher's A Time To Kill and Barry Levinson's Sleepers should be totally in sync with the action and have no trouble surmounting the verbiage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Yes, it's long, but you'd be surprised how fast it goes by, a testament to the incredible source material Branagh got to work with.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Not since Akira Kurosawa's Ran (a Japanese King Lear) has there been such an energetic, visually exciting presentation of a Shakespearean play.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Hamlet is vast but manageable, gorgeous, and tragic on a very personal level. And every moment is riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Uma versão à altura (senão melhor) do clássico de Laurence Olivier.
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
Stars Kenneth Branagh as a vigorous man of action who sets out to accomplish his mission with firm resolve.
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