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
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 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.
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 2, 2019
This visually handsome film, though it will probably annoy Shakespeare purists, proves to be a diverting entertainment.
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 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 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.
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