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Roman Polanski's Macbeth is unsettling and uneven, but also undeniably compelling.



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A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord siezes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

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Critic Reviews for Macbeth

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Does Polanski's Macbeth work? Not especially, but it was an admirable try.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
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The wide-screen visuals swamp the dialogue, and the thematics have been turned inside out -- but that's what movie adaptations ought to do.

Jul 3, 2008 | Full Review…

Polanski's evident desire to elicit understated, naturalistic performances from his cast also underplays the poetry of the play...

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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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.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The film's bear-baiting, barnyard pageantry is less convincing than its clammy locations.

May 4, 2004

A masterful adaptation of a master by a master.

Apr 19, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Macbeth


In case you ever wondered what would happen if Polanski did a Shakespeare production, check out this movie, it's actually very cool. I loved it.

Aj V
Aj V

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Rich and thick as stew. A graphic introduction to Shakespeare in shocking display.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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Bloody yet brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. One of the few film adaptations of Shakespeare that I've thoroughly enjoyed watching. Jon Finch was absolutely incredible as Macbeth. I also loved the actress who played Lady Macbeth. Highly recommended.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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The very real murder of Polanski's wife was the genesis of this ultra violent take on Shakespeare's finest play. A riveting spiral of hate, ambition and betrayal. great performance by Jon Finch.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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