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Hamlet Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Although it's virtually impossible to make a bad movie based on a play as strong as Hamlet, Almereyda almost succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
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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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Ultimately, I don't think that Michael Almereyda's modern-day adaptation of Hamlet really works, but it's a lot of fun along the way.
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
Bob Bloom
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Hamlet is a drama that should be larger than life. This version plays like a Fox network soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Jitteringly paced and awkwardly edited with a brace of vapid performances. Only Sam Shephard gives a performance worthy of the material.
| Original Score: 61/100
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
Never have I seen a more lifeless presentation of a Shakespeare play.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
January 1, 2000
Shakespeare gets buried in a barrage of faxes, videos, jumpcuts, and product placements.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 1, 2000
Too intent on its own modernization trickeries for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
But the joke only goes so far, and even at a relatively svelte 112 minutes Hamlet comes apart in its final third.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
In the end this noble experiment fails, not for its adventure but for its ultimate lack thereof.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
This is one Hamlet that was not meant to be.
Michael Atkinson
Movieline
October 30, 2001
The acting is sketchy.
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
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
What makes Hamlet a masterful play rather than a Jacobean revenge potboiler is the complexity of its central character ... Hawke is simply a sullen adolescent, never smiling.
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
A flat and uninteresting adaptation of Hamlet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
An unenergetic misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
JoBlo
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
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Ernest Hardy
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Visually flat.
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
September 10, 2009
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