Hamlet 2 Reviews

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August 22, 2008
Boy, is it stupid. Boy, is it funny.
August 22, 2008
Why so vulgar?
August 22, 2008
It all adds up to the kind of bad family entertainment likely to raise only a few eyebrows.
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.
August 22, 2008
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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