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Hamlet (1990)

  PG Closed Captioning

Franco Zeffirelli

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 34
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [Mel Gibson] is by far the best part of Mr. Zeffirelli's sometimes slick but always lucid and beautifully cinematic version of the play. – Caryn James, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Gibson gives the melancholy Dane an earnest but pedestrian reading. – Rolling Stone, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: There's nothing embarrassing about Zeffirelli's brisk new version, nor anything particularly remarkable; it's an entirely credible, middle-of-the-road production. – Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Sep 25, 2002

Fresh: Reduced to 'Master Pieces Theater,' Shakespeare's text nevertheless gains in force what it loses in integrity. – Jeanne Cooper, Washington Post, Sep 25, 2002

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Customer Reviews

A great intro to the Bard...

While some critics and Shakespear snobs panned this version, I really loved it. This was the first Shakespear production that I connected with and I credit it with being the film that got me interested in the Bard at all. During high school, I was always bored by Shakespear. The long winded dialogues, and the language... I just did not appreciate it at all. I'm not too proud to admit that it was Gibson's star power that made me sit through it, and I found that I actually enjoyed it. Since then I have read most of the Bard's works, and have watched every film adaptation I can get my hands on. But this is the one that started it all for me. Yes, some of the material is cut out, and some used liberally, but overall it's a fine production. The sets are magnificent, the cast superb, with Shakespearian legend Paul Sofield, Glen Close, Ian Holm, and the lovely Helena Bonham Carter. Zeffirelli
is renowned for bringing Shakespear to film, and did it again in fine fashion here. Those new to Shakespear will enjoy this adaptation, and those familiar with the Bard's works will find this to be at least entertaining, if not wholly faithful to the source.

laugh if you must...

...but Mel Gibson creates a believable Hamlet. he is, strangely, completely wonderful in this part.

A great film

This is a great film, but I'm holding out until it's available in HD.

Hamlet (1990)
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1991

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