Ophelia Reviews

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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 22, 2019
A confused melodrama more fitting for a retelling of Twilight in the woods than of the greatest play ever written.
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 8, 2019
...beautifully photographed and impressively staged but convoluted and over-the-top...all right, so it's a popcorn movie!
July 5, 2019
The picture is nowhere near as memorable as other more controversial twists on misunderstood women of history and fiction.
July 2, 2019
Ophelia brings a feminist quality to the character despite the period setting.
July 1, 2019
From the opening shot of Ophelia adrift in a river, in mimicry of Millais's famous painting, the film seems to splash around in search of a suitable style.
June 30, 2019
There wasn't much to Hamlet's Ophelia and there's not a lot more to this production's version of her.
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June 29, 2019
Brevity is the soul of wit, and sumptuousness the soul of costume drama, which the movie "Ophelia" quite extravagantly is. The images are gorgeous; the feminism, gratifying.
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June 28, 2019
It's a revisionist attempt to make the denizens of Elsinore seem modern and more accessible, but comes off more like a sophomoric re-make of Citizen Kane in the image of Fox News.
June 28, 2019
Ophelia is filled with clever wordplay matched by an equally clever perspective flip of one of the central texts of Western literature.
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June 28, 2019
It might have been possible for Ophelia to survive its heresies if it broke more radically from its source, but every time the film and the play intersect, it's a supremely unflattering contrast.
June 27, 2019
Watts is the real star, her intelligence and calm creating new insight into one of the least-explicable characters in the Shakespeare canon.
June 27, 2019
There's too much method in this "Ophelia" and not nearly enough madness.
June 27, 2019
Even Clive Owen has a rough time delivering the persuasive goods, and the most notable aspect of his performance as Claudius, alas, is the character's tragic hair.
June 26, 2019
They've created not a bold revision but a bland empowerment tale, devoid of everything that makes Hamlet great.
June 26, 2019
"Ophelia" has its moments but seems destined to be little more than a curiosity.
January 23, 2018
This is the ultimate female take-back-the-narrative movie, and frankly a lot of it is silly and sophomoric. But it's also juicy and fun ...
January 23, 2018
That sound you hear is cordial applause, and the riffling of an audience paging through their high-school-English-class paperbacks to double-check the facts.
January 23, 2018
Unfortunately, Ophilia fails to satisfy either curiosity, nether fleshing out the title character's backstory nor providing [Daisy] Ridley with a worthy vehicle for her talents.
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