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  • Summary: Living in the back room of his father's doctors office, broke and frustrated ladies man Julian scores his big break when he lands the job directing an off Broadway version of Hamlet. Except it's a bizarre adaptation written by a pale Romanian impresario named Theo who is actually a master vampire. Theo hopes to lure the real Hamlet out of hiding so the two can end a century's long feud over Shakespeare's Ophelia. Meanwhile, Julian pines for his ex—girlfriend, Anna, who is dating Mobster Bobby Bianchi . Added into the mix is a dimwitted detective and a terrific score by Sean Lennon. (Indican Pictures) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    A horror comedy much closer to the actor-riffing drollery of Edgar Wright and Christopher Guest than "Scary Movie"-style splatstick, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Undead is one sly slice of the ridiculous.
  2. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    60
    All of the riffs are twice and thrice removed, but the effect is lively rather than tiresome, largely on the strength of game performances, Sean Lennon's atmospheric score and writer/director Jordan Galland's clear affection for his sources.
  3. Like the vampires that cavort throughout it, this horror-comedy doesn’t have much chance of surviving the harsh light of scrutiny--but as a loopy, antiserious lark, it should prove plenty alive on the midnight-movie circuit.
  4. 50
    A toothless satire whose targets include vampire mania, low-rent theater, indie romantic comedies, Scorsese, Shakespeare and “Law & Order,” it plays like a Web series expanded to feature length, or an adaptation of one of the Naked Angels’ staged serial soap operas.
  5. A horror spoof that has little reason for being, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead pretty much uses up its quotient of wit with the title.
  6. 38
    This loopy farce has the feel of a wacky off-off-Broadway play with more energy than wit, but it has its moments. And the laid-back acting of Hoffman (son of Dustin) just about holds it together.
  7. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    20
    This is a movie so in love with its own supposed cleverness that it never realizes it's not all that clever.

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