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Scotland, Pa. Reviews

May 20, 2008
Offers more mild amusement than outright laughs...
October 21, 2002
It's a setup so easy it borders on facile, but keeping the film from cheap-shot mediocrity is its crack cast.
May 10, 2002
There are some truly wacky parallels with Shakespeare's play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 22, 2002
It's simple, sizzly and very funny.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 22, 2002
The fun is infectious -- the puns, in-jokes and referential asides will keep Shakespeare buffs busy and the rest of the audience entertained even as some punch lines zing over their heads.
March 13, 2002
A trailer-trash version of Macbeth that should be avoided like an Elizabethan pox.
March 8, 2002
Scotland, PA is Macbeth done with bell-bottoms, fast food and absolutely no pretension. It's that last bit that makes this amiable, shaggy Shakespeare satire so engaging -- and so disposable, too.
March 8, 2002
... the quality of the material is scattered and uneven.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 8, 2002
... plays like one of those lampoons put on by lawyers (and journalists), the kind that start out amusing and end up grasping for gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 7, 2002
Earns its laughs from stock redneck 'types' and from the many, many moments when we recognize even without the Elizabethan prose, the play behind the thing.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 1, 2002
None of this is very original, and it isn't particularly funny.
Read More | Original Score: C
February 28, 2002
The jokes sometimes fall flat, but the weirdness and darkening of tone make for quirky fun.
Read More | Original Score: B-
February 28, 2002
Sometimes smart but more often sophomoric.
Read More | Original Score: C+
February 26, 2002
... while certainly clever in spots, this too-long, spoofy update of Shakespeare's Macbeth doesn't sustain a high enough level of invention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 26, 2002
... a Shakespearean happy meal.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 26, 2002
Scotland, PA. blurs the line between black comedy and black hole.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 16, 2002
Scotland, Pa. succeeds because of the cast's communal vibe of arrogant stupidity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 15, 2002
I enjoyed the movie in a superficial way, while never sure what its purpose was.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 15, 2002
... a joke at once flaky and resonant, lightweight and bizarrely original.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 14, 2002
Out, damned flop!
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
February 12, 2002
Peppered with witty dialogue and inventive moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 10, 2002
It's an indication of the movie's cluelessness that Walken is cast as the one true voice of sanity.
February 8, 2002
Film can't quite maintain its initial momentum, but remains sporadically funny throughout.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2002
Flat and uninspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 8, 2002
A joke that wears thin pretty quickly.
February 8, 2002
Scotland, PA goes down as smooth as a McShake, thanks to Walken's priceless performance.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 7, 2002
Too leisurely paced and visually drab for its own good, it succeeds in being only sporadically amusing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 5, 2002
Does little to elaborate the conceit of setting this blood-soaked tragedy of murderous ambition in the era of Richard Nixon.
February 3, 2002
Walken is so funny, he almost makes you forget this flick is one joke stretched thinner than Calista Flockhart.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5