Hamlet (1990)

Franco Zeffirelli directs his third Shakespeare adaptation (after Romeo and Juliet and Otello) with this film version of the tragedy +Hamlet. The titular prince of Denmark (Mel Gibson), returns home to his family's castle of Elsinore… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 19, 1990
DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may lack some of the depth and complexity of the play, but Mel Gibson and Franco Zeffirelli make a surprisingly successful team.

Variety Staff

Performances all fall in a middle range between the competent and the lackluster.

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Rolling Stone

Gibson gives the melancholy Dane an earnest but pedestrian reading.

Emanuel Levy

Starring Mel Gibson, Zeffirelli's Oscar-nominated version is colorful and mildly engaging, but lacking depth and poetry, and the two women are miscast.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

It's a surprisingly successful venture, decked out in Anglo-Saxon styles and with a brooding, robust castle setting which oozes horse muck.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

There's nothing embarrassing about Zeffirelli's brisk new version, nor anything particularly remarkable; it's an entirely credible, middle-of-the-road production.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Alas, poor Mel Gibson! I knew him when he was on top of the world.

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Caryn James
New York Times

[Mel Gibson] is by far the best part of Mr. Zeffirelli's sometimes slick but always lucid and beautifully cinematic version of the play.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The style of Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet, with Mel Gibson in the title role, is robust and physical and -- don't take this the wrong way -- upbeat.

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Randy White
Common Sense Media

Mel Gibson emotes as the doleful Dane.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
This is a very faithful, even if exaggerated attempt to recreate a shakespearean play, centuries after the material. After the good, but less faithful DiCaprio… More
Chris Weber
Zeffirelli just knows how to do this sort of thing, and do it right. I like the cast, and they all do a good job, but I don't really think this is my… More
Melvin White
Hamlet: The play's the thing, wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.  "Shakespeare's classic tale of vengeance and tragedy."… More
Wahida K
I really tried my best to enjoy the Movie but I just couldnt. I guess because I m not a Hamlet fan. Each to their own. You can present me any… More
Wildaly M
I think this is one of the better versions of Hamlet particularly because of two aspects: Mel Gibson and Helena Bonham Carter. I absolutely think Gibson gives… More
Thomas Bowler
Not as faithful to the text as Brannagh's but holds it's own. Full review later.