Othello Reviews

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August 8, 2002
February 13, 2001
Parker has shown how involving and moving Shakespeare can still be on the screen.
January 1, 2000
Parker, whose screenplay strips down the original play, merely produces a lackluster essence.
January 1, 2000
... Will not give its viewers much of an idea of the Shakespeare play, and may inadvertently give them other ideas, about interracial love, that were not much on Shakespeare's mind.
January 1, 2000
The real question is, could director Oliver Parker have done worse?
January 1, 2000
For sheer impact, this Othello can stand side-by-side with the versions brought to the screen by Orson Welles (as restored in 1992) and Lawrence Olivier.
January 1, 2000
It almost works. Except when Shakespeare, Parker or the actors get in the way.
January 1, 2000
There is little to offend in the movie, but neither is there much to engage the audience.
January 1, 2000
Fishburne, Jacob, and Branagh make Parker's version of Othello a chilling and horrific tragedy.
January 1, 2000
Passion, like outpourings of iambic pentameter, isn't part of this picture's equation.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
The movie is roughly on the same cinematic level as the Mel Gibson Hamlet, though it tends to get under your skin a little more once it gets rolling.
January 1, 2000
Seldomly have I been so outright disappointed by a film.
January 1, 2000
For once, the two name actors really are the best thing on the screen.
January 1, 2000
Purists may grumble about changes, but even in this abridged form, Shakespeare's language and storytelling seem preserved quite well.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
The film Lawrence Fishburne will be remembered for.
December 22, 1995
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