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Hamlet 2 Reviews

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 7, 2008
For anyone who ever took drama in High School, Coogan's character will surely ignite memories of quirky, even downright crazy teachers you may have encountered over the years.
November 7, 2008
The funniest Shakespearean sequel since Richard IV.
September 12, 2008
Oddly, what's supposed to be a great comedy about a bad play is in fact a bad comedy about a play that looks pretty frigging amazing
Full Review | Original Score: D+
August 28, 2008
A high school musical that would make John Waters proud.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 22, 2008
[A] dazzling little comedy.
August 22, 2008
Not since Death of a Salesman has failure been quite so entertaining.
August 22, 2008
Hamlet 2 is a likable movie even as it careens around like a wagging tail, but it's just too uneven.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 22, 2008
It has an edge and degree of sophistication not seen in most summer comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 22, 2008
No matter how many jokes you pack around it, arrested development doesn't make for a very compelling dramatic arc.
August 22, 2008
Funny excuses an awful lot, and at its best, Hamlet 2 is nothing short of hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 22, 2008
It has some hilariously humiliating jokes (Coogan really has no fear) and some surprisingly pointed real-life humor (Elisabeth Shue, you are a genuine sport).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 22, 2008
I am not fond of listening to characters scream unfunny lines meant to send up the blandness of everyday people.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/4
August 22, 2008
Fortunately, Coogan remains impressively unafraid of humiliation, pushing every joke just far enough to keep us watching. But he deserves more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 22, 2008
Fleming saves most of his energy for the blowout final production numbers, which play like demented outtakes from High School Musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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August 22, 2008
The real tragedy here is that someone might actually pay to see this dull mess of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 22, 2008
The movie is an ideal showcase for the talents of Coogan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 22, 2008
When the father of one of the stars says, 'I'm simultaneously horrified and fascinated,' you'll know just what he means.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 22, 2008
The more self-righteous it gets -- the more pious it is about offending people -- the less it works as a theatrical parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 22, 2008
Let's just say that, when the parody looks indistinguishable from the parodied, something's gone awry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 22, 2008
Boy, is it stupid. Boy, is it funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 22, 2008
Why so vulgar?
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 22, 2008
It all adds up to the kind of bad family entertainment likely to raise only a few eyebrows.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 22, 2008
If promotional hype of Falstaffian proportions has you convinced that Hamlet 2 is a Shakespearean romp or a musical involving a rocking sexy deity, some elucidation is in order.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 22, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 21, 2008
Hamlet 2 is a tour-de-force from Coogan (the director in Tropic Thunder), who's never been more wonderfully, wildly unhinged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 21, 2008
Steve Coogan is the whole show in Hamlet 2, and while director and co-writer Andrew Fleming is strictly rudimentary in terms of technique and style, his British star pockets every available laugh plus a few unavailable ones.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 21, 2008
Its sharply funny moments make its lack of consistency all the more evident. The movie ends up feeling like a collection of moments, rather than a coherent quirky comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 21, 2008
Dead Poets Society, Dangerous Minds, Mr. Holland's Opus, all 'great' movies about 'great' teachers inspiring their students to achieve great things -- all movies referenced lovingly by Steve Coogan's 'inspiring' teacher in Hamlet 2.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 21, 2008
[Coogan's] screen persona is vain, dim, angry, and deeply miserable, and his handful of scenes here with a smilingly harsh Catherine Keener are little masterpieces of comic sadomasochism.
August 21, 2008
In Andrew Fleming's Hamlet 2, the laughs are wan and intermittent. There's something rotten in the state of Arizona.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 21, 2008
There's nothing remarkable, or witty, or particularly engaging about Hamlet 2.
August 21, 2008
It's Coogan's breakthrough star performance that holds it all together. He's sensational.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 21, 2008
For a film like Hamlet 2 to work -- even the title is hilariously ridiculous -- it has to sell the absurdity completely. It does.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 19, 2008
Sure, Steve Coogan has his hilarious moments as a delusional drama coach struggling to save the arts program at a Tucson, Ariz., high school, but that's all there is in the movie: moments.
August 19, 2008
Coogan will do anything for a laugh, and given how little he has to work with, he must.
August 18, 2008
Despite the richness of the premise for comic invention, however, Hamlet 2 remains a rather mediocre experience, offering sporadic laughs but never achieving the level of consistent humor necessary to make this memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 18, 2008
Coogan's mopiness is oddly riveting.
January 28, 2008
Hit-and-miss in terms of verbal wit and individual gags. But package moves along quickly, and overall concept remains amusing even when there's a dud moment or three.
January 23, 2008
An erratic, freewheeling satire of Middle American mores.