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Hamlet Reviews

July 6, 2008
It could prove almost as definitive -- and far more easily digestible -- than Branagh's textually complete version.
April 27, 2007
The lines are read for the most part with more feeling for the angry-stepchild plot than for the iambic pentameter.
June 3, 2006
Almereyda modernises and streamlines without trivializing, and amplifies poetic melodrama with regular ingenuity and energy.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
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
March 9, 2001
A moody and compelling update of Shakespeare's classic.
Read More | Original Score: B+
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
Provocative!
January 1, 2000
This is one Hamlet that was not meant to be.
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.
January 1, 2000
In OUR time, the sinister turn of events at the Denmark Corporation couldn't be more apt.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
January 1, 2000
Embarrassingly sophomoric.
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
January 1, 2000
Vital and sharply intelligent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Almereyda never plays up the gimmickry at the expense of the performances.
January 1, 2000
Visually flat.
January 1, 2000
Oddly enough it's the picture's visuals -- its mournful, glassy Manhattan high-rises; its limos and Town Cars with their mirrorlike flanks -- that make it feel most like Hamlet.
Read More | Original Score: 9/10
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.