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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
As a movie, this material, freely adapted by Stoppard, is boring and endless. It lies flat on the screen, hardly stirring.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 21, 2003
By trying to take advantage of the medium, Stoppard loses track of what makes his work so wonderful. This belongs on the stage.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Both Oldman and Roth turn in flat and uninspiring performances.
Mark Bourne
April 5, 2006
...On stage, the sprightly teleological riffs and bebop dialogue delight as ends in themselves. Here they're leaden and compromised. What happened?
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Staged as they are here, the jokes and the fourth-wall gamesmanship don't seem as funny as they did on the page.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
At a full two hours in length, there are just too many stretches where little or nothing is going on...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D+

July 3, 2008
A disastrous adaptation of an excellent play.
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Entertainment Weekly
February 8, 1991
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
January 16, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
May 24, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 10, 2003
Tom Stoppard's 1967 morality play has been translated into a high-spirited and well-acted film.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 22, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
May 13, 2004
Really head-twisting adaptation of the play with fine work from Oldman and Roth.
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
February 9, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Joshua Tanzer
March 16, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
A mess, but a damn amusing one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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