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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. Read critic reviews

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As a rebellious and motherless child, Ophelia is taken into Elsinore Castle by Queen Gerturde as one of her most trusted ladies-in-waiting. Soon enough, Ophelia captures the affections of the young Prince Hamlet. A passionate romance secretly kindles between the two as the kingdom is on the brink of war amidst its own political intrigue and betrayal. When Hamlet's father is murdered and the prince begins to unravel, Ophelia sharply navigates the rules of power in Denmark.

Cast & Crew

Naomi Watts
Gertrude, Mechtild
Daisy Head
Cristiana
Semi Chellas
Screenwriter
Lisa M. Klein
Screenwriter
Paul Hanson
Producer
Alastair Burlingham
Executive Producer
Elissa Friedman
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Critic Reviews for Ophelia

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (79) | Rotten (52)

  • 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…
  • An interesting, well played and well made attempt to reframe Shakespeare's most famous play through a feminist lens, Ophelia ultimately doesn't have the boldness to deliver on its resonant idea.

    November 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A confused melodrama more fitting for a retelling of Twilight in the woods than of the greatest play ever written.

    November 22, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Richly coloured and interestingly flawed, director Claire McCarthy's melodrama is an increasingly bonkers watch, anchored by [Daisy] Ridley's magnetic turn as the passionately conflicted Ophelia.

    November 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A middling romantic drama about female empowerment with gorgeous visuals and a strong performance from Ridley, but is often lost among the reeds in terms of pacing and narrative cohesion.

    August 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This visually handsome film, though it will probably annoy Shakespeare purists, proves to be a diverting entertainment.

    August 2, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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  • May 12, 2020
    A feminist reinterpretation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia is a compelling new vision of this classic tale. The film follows a young girl named Ophelia who becomes a lady-in-waiting to the Queen and is soon drawn into the court's politics and has a torrid love affair with the Queen's son. Starring Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, and Clive Owen, the film has a pretty solid cast that gives good performances. And the writers do an impressive job at honoring the original material and themes while adding in a few twists. Also, the sets and costumes are especially well-done, and the score is remarkably evocative. While it takes a few liberties, Ophelia proves to be a fresh and provocative take on Shakespeare's work.
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