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Campbell Scott is both star and co-director of this elaborate (albeit economically produced) four-hour TV version of Shakespeare's immortal tragedy Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. The film is based on Scott's earlier theatrical production of the same play, with several of the same actors repeating their same roles. Updated to 1900 New York, the text remains substantially the same as it has always been: Hamlet (Scott), the "melancholy" Danish prince, discovers to his horror that his late father, the King, was murdered by his brother (and Hamlet's uncle) Claudius (Jamey… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

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"It could prove almost as definitive -- and far more easily digestible -- than Branagh's textually complete version."
‑ Ken Eisner, Variety
"Icy-cold in its palette and unwaveringly cool in its application of modern settings and gizmos to a text that stands up to endless reinvention, this is a Hamlet that brings imagination matched by thoughtfulness to its appeal to both eye and ear."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"2000 version of Hamlet is just dreadful."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The city becomes a living emblem of the tense coexistence of art and corporatism, an uneasy relationship which Almereyda emphasizes as the core conflict of his picture."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"No, Ethan Hawke can't do Shakespeare."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"The lines are read for the most part with more feeling for the angry-stepchild plot than for the iambic pentameter."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The result is more than a mere gimmick and less than an unqualifed success, but yes -- it's always watchable."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Almereyda pares the drama down to its bloody core, leaving a potent tale of despair, madness and loss."
‑ , Film4
"[This is] an imaginative and exciting update, lacking only the decent swordfight the ending demands."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"In a sense, it's B-movie Shakespeare, the same as Orson Welles' inspired version of Macbeth (1948), which was produced on a skimpy budget for a B-picture studio."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Almereyda modernises and streamlines without trivializing, and amplifies poetic melodrama with regular ingenuity and energy."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"By equating the garish feudalism of the play's original setting with the megalopolis of today's New York, [Almereyda is] at least on the right track. The problem is, it's just about his only track."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"The movie is almost playful in its mission to burrow around inside Hamlet and discover what's still relevant about it."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"I guess Johnny Depp was busy, so they got the one that can't act."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"Hamlet is supposed to be melancholy, but Hawke plays him as a disturbed loner who is more likely to infect the world's computers with an e-mail virus than avenge his father's murder."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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