Hamlet (1996)

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,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 25, 1996
DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kenneth Branagh's sprawling, finely textured adaptation of Shakespeare's masterpiece lives up to its source material, using strong performances and a sharp cinematic focus to create a powerfully resonant film that wastes none of its 246 minutes.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

There are many ... instances when you want to run screaming from Elsinore Castle.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

As star and ringmaster, Branagh gets to the heart of Hamlet and goes to admirable lengths to take his audience there, too.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

It is a wholly new take on Hamlet, with a cast filled with entertaining cameos.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

With his handsome and compelling Hamlet, Kenneth Branagh brings the Bard's greatest tragedy passionately alive on the screen.

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Scott Rosenberg

Every little triumph seems to inspire in Branagh some accompanying act of bad taste or judgment.

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Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

A work of tremendous personal ambition equipped with a budget nearly equal in magnitude.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

This Hamlet may not be perfect, but it is perfectly engrossing.

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James Berardinelli

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.

Randy White
Common Sense Media

Shakespeare's great tragedy -- all of it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Just as a cinematic experience, this film is unparalledled. It takes the story and puts it in a different era, but for the most part keeps the rest of things… More
Dan Schultz
One of the best literary adaptions I've ever seen. Branagh owns this movie, from a directing and acting standpoint, and the line-by-line dedication he… More
Thomas Bowler
Incredible direction coupled with incredible acting equals Kenneth Brannagh's Hamlet. Full review later.
_kelly .King
this THE film version of Hamlet
Alice Shen
Good god, Kenneth Branagh plays Kenneth Branagh in everything he does. It's commendable that he chooses to play Hamlet as an ACTIVE character, rather than… More
Cassandra Maples
Part of the genius of Branagh's interpretation of Hamlet is in the use of the techniques of the cinema to enhance the production. Branagh has not condensed… More