'Hamlet' Critic Reviews

90%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
95%
Rotten Tomatoes:   57 reviews
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    As star and ringmaster, Branagh gets to the heart of Hamlet and goes to admirable lengths to take his audience there, too.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    Glorious as it is, this unexpurgated workout is ultimately a movie of moments.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    There are many ... instances when you want to run screaming from Elsinore Castle.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Lloyd Rose Washington Post (Top Critic)
    The film equivalent of a lushly illustrated coffee-table book.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Jeff Millar Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    By looking to the box office and the classroom with equal respect, [Branagh] has kept himself a friend of Shakespeare.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    Branagh's version moved me, entertained me and made me feel for the first time at home in that doomed royal court.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    100
    Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in a vibrant, full-text, full-hearted film from Shakespeare's most complex tragedy.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    This Hamlet may not be perfect, but it is perfectly engrossing.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Scott Rosenberg Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Every little triumph seems to inspire in Branagh some accompanying act of bad taste or judgment.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    100
    I have seen dozens of versions of this play (either on screen or on stage), and none has ever held me in such a grip of awe.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    With his handsome and compelling Hamlet, Kenneth Branagh brings the Bard's greatest tragedy passionately alive on the screen.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Kevin Carr 7M Pictures
    70
    It is a wholly new take on Hamlet, with a cast filled with entertaining cameos.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Rob Humanick Slant Magazine
    A work of tremendous personal ambition equipped with a budget nearly equal in magnitude.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Randy White Common Sense Media
    100
    Shakespeare's great tragedy -- all of it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews
    100
    The play widely regarded as the best piece of dramatic literature ever written...[in] the only unexpurgated big-screen version. [Blu-ray]
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    75
    Simply gorgeous to look at, and a number of the performances are outstanding...
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Film4
    60
    Brave, yes, but undeniably excessive.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rob Gonsalves eFilmCritic.com
    100
    Die-hard Bard students may quibble, but this gargantuan and glorious Hamlet is a movie-lover's paradise.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • John J. Puccio DVDTown.com
    90
    Branagh combines one of the Bard's best plays with some of the best filmmaking the medium has to offer.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis
    90
    Branagh combines one of the Bard's best plays with some of the best filmmaking the medium has to offer.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    Branagh has one-upped Olivier again by making his Hamlet a bold spectacle: big and loud and colorful.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    80
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Steve Crum Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
    100
    Fine version of one of The Bard's best plays.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    67
    If you're willing to sit through Branah's 4-hour Hamlet, you'll be rewarded with a lavishly mounted, full-bodied version that brings new dimensions.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    80
    Full Review » 10 years ago