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With the 2006 MacBeth, controversial Australian director Geoffrey Wright (Romper Stomper, Metal Skin) launches his fourth big screen outing and continues the trend of reinventing Shakespeare by contemporizing the bard's plays. As in other recent efforts (Richard Loncraine's Richard III (1996), Michael Almereyda's Hamlet (2000)), Wright uses a distinctly postmodern context to extract related themes from the original work. Here, Wright reworks the brutal tragedy Macbeth, retaining its Elizabethan dialogue, but resituating the events within the arena of modern Australian gang… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The play's power has been diluted by questionable editing, an overload of blandly stylized violence and the conspicuous suspicion that this whole thing is the predictable result of catering to base commercial instincts."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Wright directs it with straight-faced conviction."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"The Bard gets buried in the gruff posturing, while the cadence of the words prevents the actors from playing to their strengths."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"By the prickling of my thumbs/Something crappy this way comes"
‑ Peter Sobczynski,
"Flawed but enjoyable adaptation with some good ideas balanced against occasionally amateurish direction and unintentionally amusing pronunciation."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Something weakened this way comes, you could say."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"This Macbeth is true to the ugly-hearted original. No one is redeemed by gore, or absolved of madness. Nor do lines sound any less sublime when channeled through underlings and overlords."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's probably best not to look too deep for meaning."
‑ Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
"After a few early spins in his grave, Shakespeare may end up grudgingly respectful"
‑ , Financial Times
"There are good performances, smart direction and dark-hued photography that's impressive. But it would be surprising if this Macbeth were to bring people back to Shakespeare proper, as it intends."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"The film has the over-stylized sheen of a car commercial peopled by actors decked out like brooding fashion models."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"This is both an exciting thriller and a worthy addition to the canon of Shakespearean cinema."
‑ , Chicago Reader
"Grunge and slickness substitute for eeriness or any hint of psychological terror."
‑ Evan Henerson, Los Angeles Daily News
"This modern-day Australian adaptation of the Scottish play is thrillingly deranged, although it's also rather pretentious."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Light touches are counterbalanced by some heavy-footed acting and a streak of leaden literal-mindedness."
‑ Robert Hanks, Independent
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