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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

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
Cole Smithey
February 22, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 16, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
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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.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 4, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 17, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
Nicolas Lacroix
March 24, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 3, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
August 1, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 4, 2011
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