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Macbeth Reviews

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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Does Polanski's Macbeth work? Not especially, but it was an admirable try.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Polanski's evident desire to elicit understated, naturalistic performances from his cast also underplays the poetry of the play...
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
May 4, 2004
The film's bear-baiting, barnyard pageantry is less convincing than its clammy locations.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
The major problem with the film is that the acting is lifeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ben Nicholson
April 19, 2016
A masterful adaptation of a master by a master.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
This is an original film by an original film artist, and not an 'interpretation.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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
Fernando F. Croce
December 6, 2009
Polanski's worldview of brutish power-plays couldn't be more at home in Shakespeare's medieval times
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
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
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
Shakespeare's bloodiest play gets a chilling existentialist update from Roman Polanski
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Gonsalves
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
Cole Smithey
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+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 6, 2005
The essential companion to the Welles and Kurosawa versions.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
July 25, 2001
A worthy addition to the Bard's cinematic canon.
| Original Score: 80/100
Jeremiah Kipp
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
Jeremy Heilman
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
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
March 25, 2005
An over-the-top bu highly effective adaption of the Shakespeare classic with Polanski's disctinctive touches.
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 14, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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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