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  • Summary: A contemporary retelling of "Othello," Shakespeare's timeless tale of treachery and jealousy, set in an elite private school located deep in the American South. (Lions Gate Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Sensitive and vivid response to the tangled issues of teen violence, race and self-esteem.
  2. To an astonishing degree, O gets the tragic Shakespeare mood, that somber stentorian passion born of hidden slivers of ambition and betrayal.
  3. O has one advantage over "Othello" -- since it's a new movie, not a classic, it has the power to surprise.
  4. 60
    Too much of a locker-room melodrama to make for great tragedy.
  5. A fairly ordinary drama about young love, basketball, petty jealousy and high school politics. The movie also has one of the goofiest, over-the-top finales in recent memory.
  6. 40
    Had Nelson and Kaaya been less concerned with following Othello to the letter and rather had pursued this love affair into uncharted cinematic waters, O might have been more than an unresolved mixture of gimmickry and good intentions.
  7. 20
    The makers of this malnourished teen drama haven't just dropped six letters from the title of Shakespeare's Othello, they have excised everything that gives the original its troubling power -- principally a point but also furious passion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. DeQuilaH.
    Mar 26, 2008
    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!!!!! Expand
  2. Apr 3, 2011
    An 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. Collapse
  3. JohnG
    Aug 15, 2009
    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. Expand

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