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About the Movie

A controversial, modern retelling of Shakespeare's "Othello" that takes place in an exclusive boarding school where Odin James (Mekhi Phifer) is the star basketball player and sole black student. Odin's beautiful girlfriend, Desi (Julia Stiles), adores him, and his coach (Martin Sheen) loves him like a son. But jealousy drives the coach's real son, Hugo (Josh Hartnett), into an elaborate and deadly scheme to knock Odin off his exalted perch.

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

i saw this

and thought, great, another sports movie. but it wasnt. basketball had little to no relavence to the story. its a great movie about a kid who wants a guys girl, and will kill for her. a great surprise ending was thrown in. i would deffinantly buy this.


This Movie Is Based On Shakesphere's Othello. But.. [With All DO Respect To Shakephere] This Movie Brings So Much More To It Then You Can Image By Reading The Like Play Or Whatever. This Movie Is Like Really Good And The Line At The Very End Of The Movie [The One Josh Hartnett Uses]So Sad With Everything That Is Going On In The Movie.The First Time I Saw It,Like Hurt My Heart. (Below) "All my life I always wanted to fly. I always wanted to live like a hawk. I know you're not supposed to be jealous of anything, but... to take flight, to soar above everything and everyone, now that's living. But a hawk is no good around normal birds. It can't fit in. Even though all the other birds probably wanna be hawks; they hate him for what they can't be. Proud. Powerful. Determined. Dark. Odin is a hawk. He soars above us. He can fly. One of these days, everyone's gonna pay attention to me. Because I'm gonna fly too".

Othello-I think not

I used to be a Shakespearean actor at the Globe Theatre and let me tell you either you didn't read it, see it or understand it, this is not even close to Othello.

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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2001

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