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Laurence Olivier

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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. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Feb 24, 2014

Fresh: Sir Laurence Olivier's masterful version of the classic. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: This is picture-making at its best, and its showing must be done with the dignity it deserves. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jun 24, 2010

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. – Kate Cameron, New York Daily News, Feb 23, 2016

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Customer Reviews

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.