Ophelia Reviews

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December 11, 2019
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 6, 2019
A stunning reinvention of the tale of Hamlet, thanks to Daisy Ridley's layered performance.
November 26, 2019
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 25, 2019
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
If you put Shakespeare out of your mind, the film's soapy approach offers some lively moments.
November 25, 2019
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
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 22, 2019
A confused melodrama more fitting for a retelling of Twilight in the woods than of the greatest play ever written.
November 20, 2019
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 18, 2019
While it never quite escapes the soft-focus YA roots of Lisa Klein's source novel, McCarthy breathes vigorous new life into an age-old tale.
October 1, 2019
It looks beautiful and is engaging... A clever reimagining.
September 8, 2019
The inventions and imaginations are a product primarily of the story and not of the visuals.
August 12, 2019
Many Hamlet-lovers will scoff, while for those unfamiliar with the tale, it will make little sense.
August 11, 2019
The first casualty is Shakespeare's richness of language, which was obviously judged too complicated to be imposed upon a generation brought up on social media.
August 6, 2019
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 4, 2019
Ophelia may provide solid filmmaking behind the camera and interesting viewpoints on its female characters but the stolid drama, convoluted storytelling, problematic script and the haphazard look on gender politics make it a disappointment.
August 2, 2019
This visually handsome film, though it will probably annoy Shakespeare purists, proves to be a diverting entertainment.
August 1, 2019
Technically, there are stretches of the movie where highly evocative cinematography and a skillfully assembled sound mix combine to convey what the actors and some fairly wacky writing cannot.
July 31, 2019
Ridley is well cast as the feisty rebel who has the courage and intelligence to triumph over centuries of patriarchal oppression.
July 31, 2019
Gamely revamping Shakespeare's woe-soaked "Hamlet", director Claire McCarthy has updated its Ye Olde dialogue and monkeyed with its wrist-slitter plot.
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