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Macbeth Reviews

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March 26, 2009
Does Polanski's Macbeth work? Not especially, but it was an admirable try.
June 24, 2006
Polanski's evident desire to elicit understated, naturalistic performances from his cast also underplays the poetry of the play...
May 4, 2004
The film's bear-baiting, barnyard pageantry is less convincing than its clammy locations.
January 1, 2000
The major problem with the film is that the acting is lifeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 19, 2016
A masterful adaptation of a master by a master.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 23, 2004
This is an original film by an original film artist, and not an 'interpretation.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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, 2009
Polanski's worldview of brutish power-plays couldn't be more at home in Shakespeare's medieval times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 12, 2012
If you're a fan of Shakespeare or Polanski, you won't want to miss this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 26, 2002
Shakespeare's bloodiest play gets a chilling existentialist update from Roman Polanski
| Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
Macbeth is dark, malignant, shot through with the most upsetting and gut-wrenching violence you will ever see in a major-studio release.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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."
Full Review | Original Score: A+
December 6, 2005
The essential companion to the Welles and Kurosawa versions.
July 25, 2001
A worthy addition to the Bard's cinematic canon.
Read More | Original Score: 80/100
May 7, 2002
Made shortly after the Sharon Tate murders, there's a disturbing resonance when Macbeth's gang of wild-eyed assassins butchers noble MacDuff's wife and children.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
June 10, 2002
Shakespeare wrote "the play's the thing," but it makes an argument that the setting and direction can play just as important a role in dramatizing an adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 25, 2005
An over-the-top bu highly effective adaption of the Shakespeare classic with Polanski's disctinctive touches.
| Original Score: 5/5
November 14, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 1, 2004
With its apparent fixation on murder and cruelty, it is difficult to overlook a number of the unsettling autobiographical details in the film.
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