Hamlet Reviews

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June 6, 2012
Starring Mel Gibson, Zeffirelli's Oscar-nominated version is colorful and mildly engaging, but lacking depth and poetry, and the two women are miscast.
February 19, 2012
Alas, poor Mel Gibson! I knew him when he was on top of the world.
January 2, 2011
Mel Gibson emotes as the doleful Dane.
July 4, 2008
Performances all fall in a middle range between the competent and the lackluster.
July 4, 2008
Offers what amounts to a comic book intro to Shakespeare's classic, retaining few of the play's psychological complexities.
February 22, 2008
March 16, 2007
June 24, 2006
It's a surprisingly successful venture, decked out in Anglo-Saxon styles and with a brooding, robust castle setting which oozes horse muck.
October 26, 2004
June 23, 2004
In retrospect, it's a small jump from Shakespeare to God. What if Gibson had been stopped then?
November 4, 2003
October 17, 2003
October 4, 2003
[Mel Gibson] is by far the best part of Mr. Zeffirelli's sometimes slick but always lucid and beautifully cinematic version of the play.
October 4, 2003
Not only is Mel Gibson much better than you might expect, but Zeffirelli's Hamlet is often entertaining and rarely hard to endure.
July 16, 2003
Zeffirelli does an excellent job at juggling with updating Hamlet, while staying close to the classic play.
July 10, 2003
Gibson and his ego fancy himself as an ideal Hamlet, which is tragic to the film in a different sense.
March 24, 2003
March 2, 2003
Gibson makes a fine, frenzied Hamlet, but Zeffirelli's direction leaves something to be desired.
January 6, 2003
Gibson's Hamlet is more than respectable, but Helena Bonham Carter's the best Ophelia I've ever seen.
August 3, 2002
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