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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)

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Average Rating: 2.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
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Much as he would later do with Shakespeare in Love (1998), writer Tom Stoppard delivered a tale of Shakespearean origin from a skewed and unexpected perspective. In this case, it's the perspective of two relatively minor characters from Hamlet, Rosencrantz (Gary Oldman) and Guildenstern (Tim Roth), courtiers who, in the original play, were dispatched offstage before the narrative's conclusion. In Stoppard's script (which he also directed), the two supporting players take center stage as the

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Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Tom Stoppard

Mar 22, 2005

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Both Oldman and Roth turn in flat and uninspiring performances.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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As happens at the opera, one usually laughs (if one laughs at all) not because something is funny, but because one has successfully recognized that it is supposed to be funny.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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As a movie, this material, freely adapted by Stoppard, is boring and endless. It lies flat on the screen, hardly stirring.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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Staged as they are here, the jokes and the fourth-wall gamesmanship don't seem as funny as they did on the page.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Unfortunately, Stoppard the director does not match the invigorating brilliance of Stoppard the writer.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A disastrous adaptation of an excellent play.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

...On stage, the sprightly teleological riffs and bebop dialogue delight as ends in themselves. Here they're leaden and compromised. What happened?

April 5, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
DVDJournal.com

Really head-twisting adaptation of the play with fine work from Oldman and Roth.

May 13, 2004
Nitrate Online

Probably the best stage to screen adaptation I've ever seen. Essential.

August 15, 2003
Needcoffee.com

Tom Stoppard's 1967 morality play has been translated into a high-spirited and well-acted film.

July 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

By trying to take advantage of the medium, Stoppard loses track of what makes his work so wonderful. This belongs on the stage.

January 21, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

"belongs on the stage, but for what it is, not bad"

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

At a full two hours in length, there are just too many stretches where little or nothing is going on...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern may be dead, but they do save the day.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A mess, but a damn amusing one.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

A wonderfully witty film masterfully transferred from a marvellous stage script to the screen.

The dialogue is constant and highly entertaining, the meshing of Stoppard's modern day speech of the original parts of the story and Shakespeare's original Hamlet practically seamless and masterfully worked.

Gary Oldman gives a superb performance as Guildernstern (or is it Rosencratz - and, at the end of the day, does it matter?) outstanding in a fabulous cast. All in all this film cannot be recommended highly enough.
December 7, 2010
matertenebraum

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I loved the cast and love Tom Stoppard's work, but this predecessor to "Shakespeare in Love" was much less stimulating, even though it was equally clever.
November 23, 2010
liquidchick76

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Humorous take on two minor characters in Hamlet is a bit extended but Oldman and especially Tim Roth are excellent and make a great team of if not exactly buffoons than simple minded couriers. Richard Dreyfus is also full of puckish fun as the leader of an itinerant troupe.
May 23, 2010
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jay nixon

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Two side characters from Hamlet wander around unaware of their destiny as the events of the tragedy unfold around them. Oldman and Roth are great, and the scene where they play Questions on a tennis court is hilarious.
March 19, 2009
MovieGeek13

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    1. Rosencrantz: To sum up: your father, whom you love, dies. You are his heir. You come back to find that hardly was the corpse cold before his young brother pops onto his throne and into his sheets, thereby offending both legal and natural practice. Now... why exactly are you behaving in this extraordinary manner?
    2. Guildenstern: I can't imagine.
    – Submitted by Lisa-Marie D (2 years ago)
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