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Hamlet Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 19, 2012
Alas, poor Mel Gibson! I knew him when he was on top of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Mel Gibson emotes as the doleful Dane.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
July 4, 2008
Performances all fall in a middle range between the competent and the lackluster.

TV Guide
July 4, 2008
Offers what amounts to a comic book intro to Shakespeare's classic, retaining few of the play's psychological complexities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
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.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 23, 2004
In retrospect, it's a small jump from Shakespeare to God. What if Gibson had been stopped then?
| Original Score: 1/5
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Caryn James
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5

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.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
July 16, 2003
Zeffirelli does an excellent job at juggling with updating Hamlet, while staying close to the classic play.
| Original Score: 4/5
Greg Muskewitz
July 10, 2003
Gibson and his ego fancy himself as an ideal Hamlet, which is tragic to the film in a different sense.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
March 2, 2003
Gibson makes a fine, frenzied Hamlet, but Zeffirelli's direction leaves something to be desired.
| Original Score: 3/5
Widgett Walls
January 6, 2003
Gibson's Hamlet is more than respectable, but Helena Bonham Carter's the best Ophelia I've ever seen.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 15, 2002
Zeffirelli's screen interpretation centers on Mel Gibson's deft portrayal of the intense emotions throttling the mind and body of this melancholy Dane.
Shay Casey
Film Written Magazine
September 23, 2001
Frustratingly cold and distant ... actually starts to feel like the dusty work of a dead European guy.
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Rolling Stone
June 6, 2001
Gibson gives the melancholy Dane an earnest but pedestrian reading.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The style of Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet, with Mel Gibson in the title role, is robust and physical and -- don't take this the wrong way -- upbeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
A fine introduction to the greatest play in history, but fairly lightweight for purists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeanne Cooper
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Reduced to 'Master Pieces Theater,' Shakespeare's text nevertheless gains in force what it loses in integrity.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
There's nothing embarrassing about Zeffirelli's brisk new version, nor anything particularly remarkable; it's an entirely credible, middle-of-the-road production.
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