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Hamlet Reviews

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Jason Bailey
June 21, 2016
Too often, the gimmick of modern-dress Shakespeare is undone by the sheer visual incongruity of people in business suits speaking in 17th-century vernacular. Hawke (and those surrounding him) somehow make it play.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
2000 version of Hamlet is just dreadful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ken Eisner
July 6, 2008
It could prove almost as definitive -- and far more easily digestible -- than Branagh's textually complete version.

July 6, 2008
Almereyda pares the drama down to its bloody core, leaving a potent tale of despair, madness and loss.
Rob Gonsalves
September 17, 2007
The movie is almost playful in its mission to burrow around inside Hamlet and discover what's still relevant about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
The lines are read for the most part with more feeling for the angry-stepchild plot than for the iambic pentameter.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 3, 2006
Almereyda modernises and streamlines without trivializing, and amplifies poetic melodrama with regular ingenuity and energy.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
June 3, 2006
The city becomes a living emblem of the tense coexistence of art and corporatism, an uneasy relationship which Almereyda emphasizes as the core conflict of his picture.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matthew Turner
June 3, 2006
[This is] an imaginative and exciting update, lacking only the decent swordfight the ending demands.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Gore
Film Threat
June 3, 2006
I guess Johnny Depp was busy, so they got the one that can't act.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
June 3, 2006
No, Ethan Hawke can't do Shakespeare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2004
In a sense, it's B-movie Shakespeare, the same as Orson Welles' inspired version of Macbeth (1948), which was produced on a skimpy budget for a B-picture studio.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 6, 2003
Hamlet is supposed to be melancholy, but Hawke plays him as a disturbed loner who is more likely to infect the world's computers with an e-mail virus than avenge his father's murder.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 19, 2003
Consider it a primer for Kenneth Branagh's four and a half hour Hamlet opus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Nuņez
September 20, 2002
Fear not. This Bard is anything but boring!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

July 12, 2002
This film is a refreshing contrast to the latest batch of Shakespeare films.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
April 11, 2002
Icy-cold in its palette and unwaveringly cool in its application of modern settings and gizmos to a text that stands up to endless reinvention, this is a Hamlet that brings imagination matched by thoughtfulness to its appeal to both eye and ear.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
The result is more than a mere gimmick and less than an unqualifed success, but yes -- it's always watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Visually the film is riveting, using the setting with real style and emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alex Keen
November 3, 2001
A disappointment because it failed to peak my interest like Baz Luhrman's Romeo & Juliet did.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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