100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The acting is smart and gritty, Almereyda's visual style has a raw immediacy found in few films with Shakespearean pedigrees, and an eclectic music score adds atmosphere and surprise every step of the way.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Almereyda excises big chunks of plot to shape his vision, but retains Shakespeare's language and pays such rigorous attention to meaning and subtext that what's missing isn't missed.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Almereyda's smart, streamlined adaptation is full of such neat little ironies.
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Thou wilt be dazzled.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
This is a sizzling, invigorating Hamlet.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Both a distraction and a revelation.
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68

Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
Almereyda never plays up the gimmickry at the expense of the performances, and as a result, his movie largely succeeds, despite an overabundance of pretentious pokes at our consumer culture and the risky casting of Ethan Hawke in the lead role.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Some of the contemporary winks are questionable, but others are undeniably sharp.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It commits the only crime that can be committed against Shakespeare: It makes him boring.
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50

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
But all the devices and upgrades do little to bring the poetry's meaning into clearer and more relevant focus for today's audiences.
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70 out of 100
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