About the Movie
Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Sir Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet continues to be the most compelling version of Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy. Olivier is at his most inspired—both as director and as the melancholy Dane himself—as he breathes new life into the words of one of the world’s greatest dramatists.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 32
- Fresh: 29
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 8.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The matter is settled; the filmed Hamlet of Laurence Olivier gives absolute proof that these classics are magnificiently suited to the screen.
Fresh: Sir Laurence Olivier's masterful version of the classic.
Fresh: This is picture-making at its best, and its showing must be done with the dignity it deserves.
Fresh: Altogether Hamlet is one of the most impressive films ever made and, so far as Shakespeare's work is concerned, it need never be done again on stage nor for the screen, as the Olivier production... may stand for all time as THE Hamlet.
Magnificent, of course, but short
Lord Olivier and his cast are magnificent, of course, but this is hardly the whole play. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are absent, for instance, which rather confused me when first watching Stoppard.
The best way to consume Hamlet in a short time
Beautifully shot and Olivier is so great. Essential viewing and an education on how to adapt overlong and daunting work.