Ophelia

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Flawed yet intriguing, Ophelia uses Hamlet as the starting point for a noble attempt to offer a misunderstood character long-overdue agency.

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Something is rotten in medieval-era Denmark, where political intrigue swirls around the imperial court like dark magic. Amid it all, the queen's brightest lady-in-waiting, Ophelia, finds herself drawn to Hamlet, the charismatic and elusive crown prince. As their secretive love affair takes flight, betrayal strikes the court, threatening to derail their union and devastate the royal family for good. Caught between her desires and her loyalty, Ophelia has to decide where her devotion will ultimately lie.

Cast

Daisy Ridley
as Ophelia
Naomi Watts
as Gertrude/Mechtild
Clive Owen
as Claudius
Tom Felton
as Laertes
Devon Terrell
as Horation
Daisy Head
as Cristiana
Anna Rust
as Young Mechtild
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All Critics (126) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (76) | Rotten (50)

  • With time, Ophelia will reveal itself as this generation's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves: lovingly crafted medieval pulp that speaks most eloquently to teenagers, and is enjoyed as high camp by everyone else.

    December 11, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

    Mel Campbell

    ScreenHub
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  • A stunning reinvention of the tale of Hamlet, thanks to Daisy Ridley's layered performance.

    December 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Redeemed by its conclusion, Ophelia is a lopsided but well-intentioned movie which lost its way when it lost focus on its source material's original audience.

    November 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Emily Breen

    HeyUGuys
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  • Oh dear. Oh no. Ophelia. A curious, if ambitious, central conceit is here battered into inconsequentiality by a scattershot screenplay that flees so far from the original Shakespeare that it leaves little purpose, or relevant material, in the retelling.

    November 25, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • If you put Shakespeare out of your mind, the film's soapy approach offers some lively moments.

    November 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • As a partner piece to Hamlet, it's an interesting twist on the traditional roles. As a standalone film, it somewhat suffers from its parent script. But particularly strong performances and beautiful imagery make it worth catching.

    November 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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