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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 80
    Thou wilt be dazzled.
  4. 70
    Stylish, funny, and smart...but only up to a point.
  5. 63
    Almereyda has done a splendid job of rendering Hamlet as expressive visually as it is verbally.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    60
    Has an interesting look, several sensational performances (notably from Kyle MacLachlan and Liev Schreiber) and in general works far better than it has any right to.
  7. May well be the dullest and most pointless version ever filmed, thanks to a stunningly bad lead performance by Ethan Hawke.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. JacquelynM.
    Jan 29, 2008
    8
    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 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
    0
    This film is so poor. It is completely void of anything worth watching.
  3. Jim
    Dec 12, 2008
    0
    Shakespeare's Hamlet had psychic balls. Ehtan Hawke has none.

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