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What happens if you take one of William Shakespeare's darkest tragedies and move it to a burger joint in the early 1970s? The answer can be found in the satiric comedy Scotland, PA, the first feature from writer and director Billy Morrissette. Mac McBeth (James LeGros) is a hard-working but unambitious doofus who toils at a hamburger stand alongside his wife Pat (Maura Tierney), who has a significant edge in the brains department. Pat is convinced she could do a lot better with the place than their boss Norm Duncan (James Rebhorn) is doing, so she works up a plan to usurp Norm, convincing… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Offers more mild amusement than outright laughs..."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"It's simple, sizzly and very funny."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"This should have been a black comic masterpiece."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"It's as nourishing as a Big Mac with fries."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"McBeth's personal karmageddon builds with comedy and tragedy in equal measure, without being as long as the original."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"It's a setup so easy it borders on facile, but keeping the film from cheap-shot mediocrity is its crack cast."
‑ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly
"The fun is infectious -- the puns, in-jokes and referential asides will keep Shakespeare buffs busy and the rest of the audience entertained even as some punch lines zing over their heads."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"... can't be dismissed as a vanity project"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"An uneven parody that sometimes amuses but just as often annoys."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Very clever writing and great casting make this a comedy that's fun to watch even if you're not familiar with the source material."
‑ John Venable,
"There are some truly wacky parallels with Shakespeare's play."
‑ Steven Rosen, Denver Post
"A trailer-trash version of Macbeth that should be avoided like an Elizabethan pox."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"A slyly macabre fantasia that works on its own demented terms."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"Quite possibly the best "modernizing" of a Shakespeare tale in recent memory."
‑ Paul Salfen,
"If you keep a list of films you want to see one way or another, you would be doing yourself a service by keeping this film high up on that list."
‑ Edward Havens,
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