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  • Summary: Michael Almereyda's update of the Shakespeare play, starring Ethan Hawke as the young prince of the Denmark Corporation film empire.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. 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.
  2. 100
    New York becomes a complex character in this vital and sharply intelligent film.
  3. 80
    Cast for fun, and the whimsy is enjoyable both for its parody of heavy-handed "relevant" updates of the play.
  4. 70
    Stylish, funny, and smart...but only up to a point.
  5. As Almereyda unrolled his modern Gotham version, the story became gripping, the characters fascinating, the events mesmerizing, the resolution shocking and piteous.
  6. 60
    Despite the few good performances, this Hamlet is not a keeper.
  7. Hamlet has audacity, intelligence, a provocative visual and musical style, virtually no poetry, a garbled story line weakened by savage cutting of the play, and a great yawning hole where a Hamlet ought to be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. JacquelynM.
    Jan 29, 2008
    I really enjoyed this adaptation of Hamlet, being set in todays society made it easy to see why shakespeare can be set in time period and still fit so perfectly into that society.... I loved the imagery in the play, the use of the films, photographs and the beautiful asides given by Young Hamlet(Ethan Hawke).....Most of all I loved that Shakespeares beautiful language was still held onto and conveyed with such passion. Expand
  2. AmyJ.
    Dec 2, 2008
    This film is so poor. It is completely void of anything worth watching.
  3. Jim
    Dec 12, 2008
    Shakespeare's Hamlet had psychic balls. Ehtan Hawke has none.

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