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Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
A sign of O's effectiveness is that it works regardless of whether you know Shakespeare's play.
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Exceptionally intelligent and powerful contemporary adaptation.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
To an astonishing degree, O gets the tragic Shakespeare mood, that somber stentorian passion born of hidden slivers of ambition and...
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75

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
The filmmakers have a vision of the way Shakespeare can be made vibrant and vital to modern viewers, with or without the lofty original...
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
This is a serious and well-acted drama, not a jokey ripoff, whose relevance (however distant) to Columbine is a plus.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
O has one advantage over "Othello" -- since it's a new movie, not a classic, it has the power to surprise.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A good film for most of the way, and then a powerful film at the end, when, in the traditional Shakespearean manner, all of the plot...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Artful and emotionally compelling.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Stripped of its poetry, some of the devices of the tragedy of the Moor come off here as woefully contrived.
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
The film collapses under the weight of the effort to shoehorn Shakespeare's story into a context that ultimately doesn't accommodate it.
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Five Word Review

By redyeah
Intense movie with great cast....

Great movie

By beaglesareawesome
This is a great movie. It's so underrated though....

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Rated R | For violence, a scene of strong sexuality, language and drug use
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