Ophelia Reviews

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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.
July 26, 2019
Ridley does a fine job on all fronts, so that the second half of the film rises above its theatrical tethers. George MacKay does his share of the heavy lifting.
July 26, 2019
Though the underly thread of Shakespeare is still wholly present, McCarthy's story, down to the modern music and vibrant colors in the costuming and the setting- is a 21st-century feminist tale about tenacity, will power and gusto.
July 24, 2019
.... deserves recognition for its artistic breadth, but also criticism for its own shortcomings, as it's much more fascinating to examine its influences rather than itself as a unique work.
July 18, 2019
With a score filled with whispers most haunting, OPHELIA has a richness in design, from top to bottom. Suffice to say, the craft on display is second to none, expressing the tragedy of what happened and more interestingly what could've been.
July 15, 2019
A smart and exciting drama that casts new light on one of the more painfully misunderstood heroines in the history of western literature.
July 13, 2019
Audiences are treated to a new telling of Shakespeare's Hamlet, just not a particularly worthwhile one.
July 12, 2019
Ophelia tries too hard to maintain emotional distress and nonstop momentum.
July 12, 2019
[Director Claire McCarthy] and her creative team entertain us with a new and fascinating version of a well-known story. [Full review in Spanish]
July 12, 2019
The new costume drama 'Ophelia' tells the famous story from Hamlet's on-again, off-again girlfriend's point of view. And then it turns it on its head.
July 11, 2019
Their work may not be enough to fully stitch up the holes in Ophelia, but all together, it holds enough together to keep viewers from protesting too much.
July 11, 2019
Ophelia, though flawed, is nonetheless the type of revisionist story we need right now. Told from a female perspective, and benefiting from a seminal performance by Daisy Ridley, it rewrites history in a more favorable light.
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