Hamlet (1948)

Laurence Olivier's sweeping production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet is one of the finest films ever made of the bard's plays. Hamlet is the classic story of a troubled prince (Olivier) who is convinced his stepfather (Basil… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 19, 2000
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A well-executed labor of love from star and director Laurence Olivier, Hamlet not only proved that Shakespeare could be successfully adapted to the big screen, it paved the way for further cinematic interpretations.

TIME Magazine

Sir Laurence Olivier's masterful version of the classic.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The matter is settled; the filmed Hamlet of Laurence Olivier gives absolute proof that these classics are magnificiently suited to the screen.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

So stylistically influenced by Welles that it might have been called Citizen Dane.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Despite winning several Oscars, Olivier's (condensed) version of Shakespeare's masterpiece makes for frustrating viewing.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Laurence Olivier's famous 1948 interpretation of Shakespeare's play suffers slightly from his pop-Freud approach to the character and from some excessively flashy, wrongheaded camera work.

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Christopher Null

This Hamlet, a Best Picture winner, unfortunately stands as one of the stagier productions of the famous play.

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Variety Staff

This is picture-making at its best, and its showing must be done with the dignity it deserves.

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

Laurence Olivier directed and stars in this astonishing Shakespeare adaptation.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Olivier's classic and personalised version of the troubled Prince of Denmark is still highly atmospheric and intriguing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Wildaly M
I didn't particularly like this adaptation mainly because of Laurence Olivier's acting. In my perspective, he delivers his lines without emotion and… More
Emily Armstrong
I really like Laurence Olivier and I think he did a great job but still: I BLEEPING HATE HAMLET! Stupid emo kid. The character is just such an inept stuttering… More
Chris Weber
Some consider this to be the definitive screen version of Hamelt, and, while I don't agree with that (and also don't think it should have necessarily… More
Lanning : )
And speaking of Olivier while I'm thinking of it, this <i>Hamlet</i> is all right. But just all right. I've seen better, including Mel… More
Jeremy Smith
The definitive cinematic rendition of Hamlet. However, Kenneth Branagh's film version of the complete Hamlet does bring out the faults of the Olivier… More
John Ballantine
Before Kenneth Branaugh believed that he was the be all and end all of Shakespearean film, we have Olivier actually being the be all and end all of… More