Hamlet (2000)

William Shakespeare's classic tale is brought to the screen for the third time in ten years in this modernized interpretation. Writer/director Michael Almereyda updates the story to the present day, where Hamlet (Ethan Hawke) is a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 12, 2000
DVD Release Date: April 17, 2001
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Stiff performances fail to produce any tension onscreen.

Ken Eisner

It could prove almost as definitive -- and far more easily digestible -- than Branagh's textually complete version.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

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.

Jason Bailey

Too often, the gimmick of modern-dress Shakespeare is undone by the sheer visual incongruity of people in business suits speaking in 17th-century vernacular. Hawke (and those surrounding him) somehow make it play.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

The lines are read for the most part with more feeling for the angry-stepchild plot than for the iambic pentameter.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The result is more than a mere gimmick and less than an unqualifed success, but yes -- it's always watchable.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

2000 version of Hamlet is just dreadful.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Almereyda modernises and streamlines without trivializing, and amplifies poetic melodrama with regular ingenuity and energy.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.


Almereyda pares the drama down to its bloody core, leaving a potent tale of despair, madness and loss.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Al S
A brilliant and astonishing modern adaptation of this classic tale or revenge and tragedy. A dazzling and remarkable masterwork that shines with style and… More
Lanning : )
This is not bad at all. Again, it's no Branagh, but I enjoyed it. I"m not sure if BIll Murray -- who is on my favorite actor list -- is delivering… More
Stuart Brooks
Good modernisation, but not as spectacular as Baz Lurmans Romeo and Juliet update. Also, for Hamlet, is not one of the best versions.
Alice Shen
Ethan Hawke portrays Hamlet exactly as I envision him - driven by love (not just revenge), capable of being a prick but on the whole, an introspective… More
Kevin M. Williams
An all star cast performs and modern day New York is the setting for yet another take on the Bard's most well known play, with less emphasis on delivery of… More
Drew Smith
I never found this movie particularly interesting. I remember some of the awesome camera work, but the performances fall flat and the telling of the classic… More

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