Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. It's simple, sizzly and very funny.
  2. 80
    Kitschy, clever expressionist sets, subtly marvelous 70s costumes, and an almost monolithic rock sound track enhance the meaty performances of actors who clearly appreciate the opportunity to riff on a classic--and promote vegetarianism.
  3. 75
    The first half of Scotland, PA is by far the funniest, with witty dialogue, hilariously ugly period fashions and hairstyles.
  4. Murders aside, Mac and Pat are the most fun-loving Shakespearean couple to hit the screen, and Morrissette's answer to Lady Macbeth's damned spot is brilliant.
  5. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    Succeeds because of the cast's communal vibe of arrogant stupidity.
  6. It's a setup so easy it borders on facile, but keeping the film from cheap-shot mediocrity is its crack cast.
  7. Hovers curiously short of its full potential for mirth and mayhem. Still, the movie is more fair than foul, and it succeeds well enough as a freakish experiment and mockery of all concerned.
  8. Funny? Yes, but in its slapdash way, it sounds nuttier than it plays.
  9. 67
    Has two other notable things going for it: the brilliant Christopher Walken and a soundtrack packed with songs by the drippy power ballad band Bad Company.
  10. 63
    I have the curious suspicion that it will be enjoyed most by someone who knows absolutely nothing about Shakespeare, and can see it simply as the story of some very strange people who seem to be reading from the same secret script.
  11. 63
    Shakespeare purists may scoff and wonder what the point is, but Morrissette would probably shrug and say ``Why not?''
  12. That very curious thing, a Shakespearean happy meal.
  13. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Basically a one-joke film, but the joke is a good one.
  14. At many points along the way I wanted to wash my hands of Scotland, PA., but then this sly, silly comedy got me smiling again.
  15. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    This should have been a black comic masterpiece. The cast is certainly up to the task, even in the small roles.
  16. As Shakespeare adaptations go, Scotland, PA. is just a McNugget, but the actors help sustain the satiric tone right up until McBeth's lady finally gets that stain out the old-fashioned way, with a cleaver.
  17. 40
    The irrepressible Walken smiles benignly down on his colleagues, secure in the knowledge that his antics have capsized sturdier vessels than this. Playing a supposed health-food nut, he enters the movie chewing and doesn't stop until he's devoured every scene down to the props.
  18. Too leisurely paced and visually drab for its own good, it succeeds in being only sporadically amusing.
  19. 40
    Walken is so funny, he almost makes you forget this flick is one joke stretched thinner than Calista Flockhart.
  20. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Blurs the line between black comedy and black hole.
  21. 30
    Shakespeare hasn't had it this rough since Lemmy from Motörhead performed the opening soliloquy in "Tromeo And Juliet."
  22. 30
    This adolescent comic-noir trounces Shakespeare's "Macbeth," but Maura Tierney sizzles as a vengeful Lady Frycook.
  23. Think about the worst movie ideas you've had in your life, the ones so embarrassing they make you wince. Now imagine this: a modernized version of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" titled Scotland, Pa.
  24. Writer-director Billy Morrissette doesn't have much feeling for satire -- or for Shakespeare. This is a comedy for people who couldn't make it through the CliffsNotes.
  25. It's easy to accuse Morrissette of condescending to a bunch of yokels, but hardly anybody would hold that against him if the result had been hilarious instead of deadly dull.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. JimG.
    Sep 19, 2005
    Just another hamburger joint with mediocre burgs and slightly cold fries.