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Hamlet Reviews

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Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 30, 2001
By equating the garish feudalism of the play's original setting with the megalopolis of today's New York, [Almereyda is] at least on the right track. The problem is, it's just about his only track.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 30, 2001
What dooms this Hamlet to mediocrity is the quality of the acting, especially in the leads, and the general slowness and turgidity of the proceedings.
| Original Score: C-
Michael Atkinson
October 30, 2001
The acting is sketchy.
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
October 30, 2001
If you're looking for a unique and modernized version of a timeless classic, then this Hamlet is the thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
... it launches Shakespeare into the 21st century without sacrificing his timeless appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
October 22, 2001
A perfect example of how a director with real vision can liberate the Bard for the times
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 15, 2001
Miramax shouldn't be encouraged to do more along these lines by watching it anywhere but at home. Double feature with Strange Brew & see if anything looks familiar.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Ben Falk
June 12, 2001
Just not quite daring or spectacular enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 12, 2001
Almereyda has pulled off a formidable coup: He's made Shakespeare come alive for contemporary audiences of all ages, especially young people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
March 12, 2001
Hawke is very trying as he spouts Shakespeare's 16th-century wisdom in the setting of 21st century New York in this Hamlet.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 9, 2001
A moody and compelling update of Shakespeare's classic.
Read More | Original Score: B+
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 9, 2001
A mostly well-acted piece that falters only slightly because of a couple of wrongheaded moves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
March 8, 2001
If you're more adventurous and view the great 400-year-old Shakespeare works as platforms for reinterpretation and experimentation, this Hamlet with Ethan Hawke fascinates at nearly every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
J. Robert Parks
Phantom Tollbooth
March 8, 2001
This sort of contemporizing is useful as a commentary both on Hamlet and our society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Yazmin Ghonaim
March 8, 2001
Hamlet offers a valuable meta-comment on the role of the visual media with regards to the representation of the self.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
March 8, 2001
It may work only in fits -- as an experiment usually does -- but you also can't deny that this is a true, fresh adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
March 8, 2001
Decent enough for a film whose dialogue was mostly Greek to me, this movie scores points on style and acting, but ultimately runs too long, features one too many monologues and just completely lost me in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
March 8, 2001
Instead of being a companion to Baz Luhrmann's Romeo And Juliet (1996) , this can be filed under wasted opportunities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
March 8, 2001
The play's dreariness and Hamlet's feelings of isolation and inaction are powerfully conveyed in what is truly a remarkable film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 8, 2001
So poorly produced and directed that there would be serious doubt that the cast speaks English if it were not made up of such well- known and accomplished actors.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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