Macbeth Reviews

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March 26, 2009
Does Polanski's Macbeth work? Not especially, but it was an admirable try.
July 3, 2008
The wide-screen visuals swamp the dialogue, and the thematics have been turned inside out -- but that's what movie adaptations ought to do.
June 24, 2006
Polanski's evident desire to elicit understated, naturalistic performances from his cast also underplays the poetry of the play...
October 23, 2004
It's as if the play has been inhabited by Hell's Angels who are quick studies. All of this, of course, makes Polanski's Macbeth more interesting than if he had done your ordinary, respectable, awe-stricken tiptoe around Shakespeare.
May 4, 2004
The film's bear-baiting, barnyard pageantry is less convincing than its clammy locations.
April 19, 2016
A masterful adaptation of a master by a master.
September 29, 2014
It's a model of how to stay true to Shakespeare and film without sacrificing one for the other, and if that wasn't evident in 1971, it ought to be obvious now.
September 23, 2014
not only represents an apex of Polanski's darkest sensibilities, but it is one of the most fascinating of Shakespearean adaptations
September 23, 2014
I don't know that there's a clear winner in the contest for Roman Polanski's bleakest depiction of human nature. But "Macbeth" is indisputably in the running.
September 21, 2014
Roman Polanski's Macbeth is by far the most uncompromising and gory of the many adaptations of the play, and its viciousness is perfectly preserved by Criterion's new Blu-ray.
May 12, 2012
If you're a fan of Shakespeare or Polanski, you won't want to miss this.
August 17, 2010
a bloody, rip-roaring good time
December 6, 2009
Polanski's worldview of brutish power-plays couldn't be more at home in Shakespeare's medieval times
July 3, 2008
Polanski elicited naturalistic understated performances from his actors which bolstered the play's realism while bringing the poetry down to earth. Some would argue he brought it too far down.
July 2, 2008
Polanski has increased the film's barbaric realism and fills the screen with blood, mud and brooding atmosphere.
March 24, 2006
Released just two years after Polanski's then pregnant wife was brutally murdered by members of the Manson family, and morbidly preoccupied with violence and cruelty
December 6, 2005
The essential companion to the Welles and Kurosawa versions.
November 7, 2005
[VIDEO ESSAY] Nothing else in the cannon of Shakespeare filmic adaptations comes close to the dramatic purity that Polanski achieves with "Macbeth."
June 16, 2005
March 25, 2005
An over-the-top bu highly effective adaption of the Shakespeare classic with Polanski's disctinctive touches.
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