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Hamlet Reviews

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Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
The scenery is nice but this much-trimmed re-telling is nothing Shakespeare would feel bad for missing.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
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Variety Staff
July 4, 2008
Performances all fall in a middle range between the competent and the lackluster.
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
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.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Slow and plodding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
October 26, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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Rolling Stone
June 6, 2001
Gibson gives the melancholy Dane an earnest but pedestrian reading.
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Mel Gibson emotes as the doleful Dane.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
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
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
August 1, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
February 22, 2008
| 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
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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.
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.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 3, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 17, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 16, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
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