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July 6, 2008
The presence of old lags Martin Sheen and John Heard just beggars belief. What were they thinking?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 31, 2008
This arty melodrama is not likely to make teenage America get down with Shakespeare.
March 25, 2008
It's highly enjoyable and well acted, with the Iago figure better motivated than in the original play, no single line of which has been retained except for the odd echo.
March 25, 2008
This transferral of the tragedy of the Moor to a contempo American high school is something that never should have gone further than a class assignment to see if it could be made to work.
March 1, 2007
Helmer Nelson has fashioned a clever premise, helped along by a smart ensemble that manages to highlight Shakespeare's work without parodying it--no small accomplishment.
December 30, 2006
Hartnett never allows him to become a hissable villain, keeping Hugo shy of our sympathies, yet his every move is utterly believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 17, 2006
Long on the Shelf, O is well directed and decently acted, but its narrative, while more or less faithful to Shakespeare, tried to do too much, pushing the characters and their emotions to unreasonable and unconvincing extremes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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January 26, 2006
Credit, none the less, to the film-makers' game, unpatronising approach, and to Phifer and Stiles as compelling innocents.
January 9, 2006
Leave it to Hollywood to make a bold, challenging film for teens (and adults) only to let it collect dust on a shelf as proposed release dates were set, then scratched, many times over.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 9, 2006
A well crafted and thoughtful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 21, 2005
There's an air of authenticity to the proceedings here, and stylistic pretension never obscures good storytelling.
Read More | Original Score: 70/100
May 13, 2003
Let the film stand on its own and not amiss controversy.
March 10, 2003
An intriguing experiment on paper, but a throwaway onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 10, 2003
While O does contain some good performances and a creative sense of direction by Tim Blake Nelson, the film never really becomes anything more than a curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 17, 2002
The film's top acting kudos go to Mekhi Phifer.
| Original Score: B
October 30, 2002
This is definitely worth watching, thanks to the performances and Nelson's direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 21, 2002
I am happy to report that O does not do violence to, nor dumb down, its important themes.
October 15, 2002
Othello may be the saddest of all Shakespeare's tragedies, and O captures its power in the storm-tossed emotions of modern teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 2, 2002
Perhaps overaware of its solemn literary inheritance, it tiptoes around sex and race, and, in turning Shakespeare's grown-ups into Dawson's Creek teens, jettisons much of the original's grandeur.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 17, 2002
An unnecessary addition to the cannon of cinematic Shakespeare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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