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  • Summary: Franco Zeffirelli's version of Shakespeare's Hamlet - the Dane prince (Gibson) who seeks vengence for his father's death.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. 88
    It's a strong, intelligent performance [by Gibson], filled with life, and it makes this into a surprisingly robust Hamlet.
  2. This great Elizabethean masterpiece comes alive in a rich cinematic version that proves the past 400 years have done nothing to dim its uncanny power to mirror the human condition. [18 jan 1991]
  3. Reviewed by: Jeanne Cooper
    Thanks to director Franco Zeffirelli and an impressive cast, both the tale and the telling are strikingly fresh.
  4. 50
    There's nothing embarrassing about Zeffirelli's brisk new version, nor anything particularly remarkable; it's an entirely credible, middle-of-the-road production.
  5. 50
    If Zeffirelli's Hamlet does resemble an actual movie at several points, it's thanks almost entirely to the inventive and atmospheric lighting of veteran cinematographer David Watkin, whose somber, gray-green palette gives the film a dignity and substance it would otherwise lack. [18 Jan 1991]
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Hunter
    Zeffirelli has managed to make Shakespeare's greatest and most modern play one-dimensional. [13 Jan 1991]
  7. The rest of Franco Zeffirelli's latest Shakespearean outing is so eager to be cinematic, with its peripatetic camera and souped-up screenplay, that it forgets to make sense.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. JimR.
    Jul 29, 2007
    Energetic, entertaining presentation. Perfect casting.
  2. Nov 6, 2010
    absolutely perfect.
  3. Feb 12, 2013
    It thought it was a solid, worthy adaptation of the classic. Mel Gibson is interesting as Hamlet. Franco Zeffirelli could have done a betterIt thought it was a solid, worthy adaptation of the classic. Mel Gibson is interesting as Hamlet. Franco Zeffirelli could have done a better job as the director and the screenplay could use some refinement. Anyways I enjoyed this adaptation, and I can not really understand the very negative reviews. I think the movie was well worth a watch! Expand
  4. Mar 1, 2011
    This review contains spoilers. I really liked it and then Glen Close thinks it makes sense to lip lock Hamlet because that is the what she thought her character, as his mother, would do. It actually ruined the movie for me. Collapse