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Faithful to the source material without sacrificing its own cinematic flair, Justin Kurzel's Macbeth rises on the strength of a mesmerizing Michael Fassbender performance to join the upper echelon of big-screen Shakespeare adaptations.



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Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of literature's most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn Scotland.

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Marion Cotillard
as Lady Macbeth
Jack Reynor
as Malcolm
Sean Harris
as Macduff
Elizabeth Debicki
as Lady Macduff
Rebecca Benson
as Maidservant
Daniel Westwood
as Special Action Soldier
Lynn Kennedy
as Middle-Aged Witch
Seylan Baxter
as Older Witch
Mac Pietowski
as Norwegian Soldier
Hilton McRae
as Macdonwald
Dino Fazzani
as Macbeth Solider
Paul Ellard
as Scottish Soldier
Eleanor Stagg
as Macduff Child 1
Amber Rissmann
as Child Witch
Kayla Fallon
as Young Witch
Sam Exley
as English Soldier
Jack Madigan
as Macbeth Child
Frank Madigan
as MacBeth Child
Scot Greenan
as Young Boy Soldier
Brian Sonny Nickels
as Thane of Cawdor
Andrew Gourlay
as Ghost Soldier
William Stagg
as Macduff Child 2
Matthew Stagg
as Macduff Child 3
Gerard Miller
as Messenger
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Critic Reviews for Macbeth

All Critics (192) | Top Critics (38)

  • Director Justin Kurzel seems to have set out to answer the question, "What if the supremely ambitious Thane of Glamis (played here by Michael Fassbender) was a druggie?"

    Dec 11, 2015 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…
  • This screen adaptation of the famous Scottish play is very Scottish, very bloody and very clever, if inconsistently so.

    Dec 11, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "MacBeth" is serious business indeed, and in the hands of director Justin Kurzel, it becomes bloody serious business. Very bloody serious business.

    Dec 11, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • All blood and ice, a stirring, unflinching retelling of Shakespeare's tale of a Scottish thane, his ambitious wife and a terrible deed that haunts them, leaving their hands forever stained.

    Dec 10, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It stars Michael Fassbender as the murderous general of infamy and Marion Cotillard as his complicit wife. Two of the world's finest actors, they make a magnetic pair.

    Dec 10, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The fundamental problem with this "Macbeth" is that it insists on reducing the mystery of motivation to the pop psychology of a magazine article.

    Dec 10, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Macbeth

  • Nov 20, 2016
    This MacBeth is a dark, medieval tale lacking any regal luster, making it all the more brutal. Very fine acting from Fassbender and Cotillard, but it lacks the epic feeling one might expect.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2016
    It's very pretty and the cast are on form, but otherwise it brings nothing new to the story
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2016
    Beautifully filmed and well acted adaptation of the classic play. Of course you could say someone is trying to lure in the Game of Thrones audience, and maybe they wouldn't be wrong. But despite of some great camera work, gorgeous landscapes and gritty sword fights, this is still Shakespeare and does not contain fast food lines. It's not a particularly fast moving film either, but its unsettling atmosphere of a lived in medieval Scotland makes up for that. All around well done.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2016
    Justin Kurzel's fresh take on the classic Shakespeare drama boasts two breathtakingly good performances from Cotillard and Fassbender, which is more than enough to overcome the unnecessarily flamboyant direction. For someone who isn't at all into any of Shakespeare's classic tales, I was intrigued with this project for merely two reasons; Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender. Not only was I enthralled by both of their turns, but I enjoyed the different take on a story that has been redone so many times. Kurzel chose to take a much more visceral and experimental approach with the storytelling, and for the most part, it works. It took me awhile before I became accustomed to Kurzel's style, but it proved to create more of an emotional backbone to what is already a heavy story. Fassbender, who has found such a nice balance in starring in blockbusters and indies, gives another astounding performance as the troubled title character. He effortlessly demonstrates Macbeth's confidence while also adding in vulnerability to his paranoia. If marketed more, this could have been another nomination for Fassbender. On the other-hand, Cotillard also had her hands full with the meaty role of Lady Macbeth, but she holds her own with Fassbender, constantly nailing the difficult Shakespearean dialogue. As previously mentioned, you do feel a strong presence of Kurzel's visual flare here and I think there is valid argument to make that it tarnishes some aspects of the story. For the first 30 minutes or so, the choppy editing and strange visual cues Kurzel uses didn't enhance my viewing experience. It wasn't really until I dug my teeth into this particular interpretation of these characters that I began to care for the stylistic storytelling. Overall, it's not a usual adaption but nor is it one that I would want to sit through more than once. It is, however, a visceral experience (unlike many Shakespeare adaptations) led by two Oscar caliber performances. +Cotillard and Fassbender are powerful +Kurzel's style grew on me -Takes time to get going 7.8/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer

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