Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead
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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead
Living in the back room of his father's doctors office, broke, frustrated ladies man Julian (Jake Hoffman)scores his big break when he lands the job directing an off Broadway version of Hamlet. Except it's a bizarre adaptation written by a pale Romanian impresario named Theo(John Ventimiglia) who is actually a master vampire! Theo hopes to lure the real Hamlet (Kris Lemche) out of hiding so the two can end a centuries long feud over Shakespeare's Ophelia. Meanwhile, Julian pines for his ex-girlfriend, Anna (Devon Aoki) who is dating a Mobster Bobby Bianchi (Ralph Macchio) intent on… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Starts off feeling clever and original but turns silly and diffused as its convoluted story spins out."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"This loopy farce has the feel of a wacky off-off-Broadway play with more energy than wit, but it has its moments."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"A delightful mix of intelligence, hilarity, scares and unbridled talent..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Plays like a movie that started out as a clever pun and never really moved on from there."
‑ Josh Bell,
"This comedy has some clever touches that make it mildly diverting, but it loses steam as characters lose their blood to the undead."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
"All of the riffs are twice and thrice removed, but the effect is lively rather than tiresome, largely on the strength of game performances, Sean Lennon's atmospheric score, and writer/director Jordan Galland's clear affection for his sources."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"Will you ever see another film in which Hamlet's name is screamed histrionically in a fake Egyptian desert?"
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A clever title in search of a movie to support it, this playful mash-up of Shakespeare and vampires aims for the type of brain-twisting meta-plot that Charlie Kaufman has all but monopolized. Mr. Kaufman makes it look easy. It's not."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"The whole theatrical setup feels woefully underimagined."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"Displays both sharp literary intelligence and tongue-in-cheek pop silliness."
‑ David Cornelius,
"A toothless satire whose targets include vampire mania, low-rent theater, indie romantic comedies, Scorsese, Shakespeare and Law & Order, it plays like a Web series expanded to feature length."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Undead is one sly slice of the ridiculous."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"This is a movie so in love with its own supposed cleverness that it never realizes it's not all that clever."
‑ Ian Buckwalter,
"If Hamlet is the greatest tragedy in the history of theater, than Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead is definitely one of the best spoofs of same."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
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