Macbeth (2006)

With the 2006 MacBeth, controversial Australian director Geoffrey Wright (Romper Stomper, Metal Skin) launches his fourth big screen outing and continues the trend of reinventing Shakespeare by contemporizing the bard's plays. As in… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 10, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A new take on Macbeth relies too heavily on nudity and violence, and ends up looking like a campy 1970s horror movie.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

The play's power has been diluted by questionable editing, an overload of blandly stylized violence and the conspicuous suspicion that this whole thing is the predictable result of catering to base commercial instincts.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

Wright directs it with straight-faced conviction.

Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

The Bard gets buried in the gruff posturing, while the cadence of the words prevents the actors from playing to their strengths.

David Fear
Time Out

Something weakened this way comes, you could say.

Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

This Macbeth is true to the ugly-hearted original. No one is redeemed by gore, or absolved of madness. Nor do lines sound any less sublime when channeled through underlings and overlords.

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Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

It's probably best not to look too deep for meaning.

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

The film has the over-stylized sheen of a car commercial peopled by actors decked out like brooding fashion models.

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Chicago Reader

This is both an exciting thriller and a worthy addition to the canon of Shakespearean cinema.

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Evan Henerson
Los Angeles Daily News

Grunge and slickness substitute for eeriness or any hint of psychological terror.

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