Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. 88
    Exceptionally intelligent and powerful contemporary adaptation.
  2. To an astonishing degree, O gets the tragic Shakespeare mood, that somber stentorian passion born of hidden slivers of ambition and betrayal.
  3. Sensitive and vivid response to the tangled issues of teen violence, race and self-esteem.
  4. 88
    A sign of O's effectiveness is that it works regardless of whether you know Shakespeare's play.
User Score
4.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Apr 3, 2011
    6
    An interesting retelling, but somewhat luckluster since the actors weren't the best for their parts. Iago was the major offender here, sinceAn interesting retelling, but somewhat luckluster since the actors weren't the best for their parts. Iago was the major offender here, since its character really couldn't be compared with the original's cunning and amorality. When you want to rewrite something as important as Othello you should at least consider the reactions of those who appreciated the original and would like to see something at least marginally similiar. Full Review »
  2. JohnG
    Aug 15, 2009
    3
    I didn't like how they removed all abiguity of Iagos(Hugo) motives. Also the original scores sounded like they belonged on a day time I didn't like how they removed all abiguity of Iagos(Hugo) motives. Also the original scores sounded like they belonged on a day time soap opera, and the actors didn't always seen comfortable with the script. Harnet : "Am I your boy" He seemed very uncomfortable say it. Full Review »
  3. DeQuilaH.
    Mar 26, 2008
    9
    I loved this movie. It captured Shakespear's thoughts and feelings in a perfect way. This movie helped mw to understand the complex I loved this movie. It captured Shakespear's thoughts and feelings in a perfect way. This movie helped mw to understand the complex words of Shakespeare. I loved it!!!!! Full Review »