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Tim Blake Nelson

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Plot Summary

Hot young stars, a hip, driving soundtrack, plus a provocative tale of jealousy and betrayal combine to create this controversial modern-day version of Shakespeare's classic, Othello. O is Odin James (Mekhi Phifer) a star high school basketball player and NBA hopeful. Even though he's one of the few black students at the elite Palmetto Grove Academy, he has the adoration of all, including the team's coach (Martin Sheen) and the Dean's beautiful daughter, Desi (Julia Stiles). Odin's troubled friend Hugo (Josh Hartnett), the coach's son, is deeply resentful of his father's preference of Odin on and off the court. When Hugo plots a diabolical scheme to sow the seed of mistrust between O and Desi, it sets in motion a disturbing chain of events that erupts into a firestorm of breathtaking intensity.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 124
  • Fresh: 79
  • Rotten: 45
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: On your already groaning Shakespeare for Teens video shelf, stack this one above 10 Things I Hate About You ... and quite a bit below Romeo + Juliet. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: O may not be a classic adaptation, but it works a lot better than it should have. – Paul Tatara,, Aug 31, 2001

Fresh: A tale of teen violence takes on qualities of timelessness and universality it would not otherwise possess, while the Othello story leaps out from the screen with a rare immediacy. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A worthy, well-acted attempt to transform Shakespeare's Othello into a tragic touchstone for modern teens. – Rita Kempley, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great adaptation...LET US BUY IT!

This was a great adaptation of a classic Shakespeare novel, now please, let us buy it?!

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