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Kenneth Branagh ("Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "The Road to El Dorado") writes, directs and stars in this four-time Oscar-nominated classic Shakespeare saga about the melancholy Dane. With an all-star cast, including Oscar-nominee Kate Winslet ("Iris," "Titanic") and Oscar-winner Julie Christie ("Dragonheart," "Dr. Zhivago"), as well as appearances by Charlton Heston, John Gielgud, Jack Lemmon, Gerard Depardieu, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and many others. Branagh received an Oscar nomination for his outstanding… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There are many ... instances when you want to run screaming from Elsinore Castle."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"As star and ringmaster, Branagh gets to the heart of Hamlet and goes to admirable lengths to take his audience there, too."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"It is a wholly new take on Hamlet, with a cast filled with entertaining cameos."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The play widely regarded as the best piece of dramatic literature ever written...[in] the only unexpurgated big-screen version. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Die-hard Bard students may quibble, but this gargantuan and glorious Hamlet is a movie-lover's paradise."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"With his handsome and compelling Hamlet, Kenneth Branagh brings the Bard's greatest tragedy passionately alive on the screen."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Every little triumph seems to inspire in Branagh some accompanying act of bad taste or judgment."
‑ Scott Rosenberg, Salon.com
"A work of tremendous personal ambition equipped with a budget nearly equal in magnitude."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"Simply gorgeous to look at, and a number of the performances are outstanding..."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Branagh combines one of the Bard's best plays with some of the best filmmaking the medium has to offer."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"This Hamlet may not be perfect, but it is perfectly engrossing."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Shakespeare's great tragedy -- all of it."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"Brave, yes, but undeniably excessive."
‑ , Film4
"Branagh has one-upped Olivier again by making his Hamlet a bold spectacle: big and loud and colorful."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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