O (2001)

Deep in the American South, NBA hopeful Odin James is the only black student at an elite private school. Playing point guard, Odin is a basketball scout's dream, possessing the talent to go straight from high school to the pros. Odin… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 31, 2001
DVD Release Date: February 19, 2002
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though well-intentioned and serious in its exploration of teen violence, O is an uneven experiment that doesn't quite succeed.

David Ansen

This arty melodrama is not likely to make teenage America get down with Shakespeare.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

In the end, the Shakespearean ideas collapse on film because of the youthful callowness of the characters.

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Richard Luck

The presence of old lags Martin Sheen and John Heard just beggars belief. What were they thinking?

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Todd McCarthy

This transferral of the tragedy of the Moor to a contempo American high school is something that never should have gone further than a class assignment to see if it could be made to work.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

On your already groaning Shakespeare for Teens video shelf, stack this one above 10 Things I Hate About You ... and quite a bit below Romeo + Juliet.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

It's highly enjoyable and well acted, with the Iago figure better motivated than in the original play, no single line of which has been retained except for the odd echo.

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Time Out

Credit, none the less, to the film-makers' game, unpatronising approach, and to Phifer and Stiles as compelling innocents.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

It's a doomy dirge of a movie, in which the protagonists, or at least the actors who play them, aren't equipped to handle their outsize passions.

Ed Kelleher
Film Journal International

Helmer Nelson has fashioned a clever premise, helped along by a smart ensemble that manages to highlight Shakespeare's work without parodying it--no small accomplishment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Megan S
As I watched this movie I remembered that I had seen it before, I hate it when that happens.
EightThirty .
It was cool until everybody died and the bad guy lived ^_^
Wahida K
Nothing comes between two people's love, like one person's jealously.
jd cryptic
Josh Hartnett is an evil fu*k in this, and he plays it well. This is a fascinating, and quite disturbing "teen" look at William Shakespeare's… More
Conner Rainwater
Actually a really great translation that didn't make a mockery of Shakespeare's work. Josh Harnett played a great Iago. It's interesting that… More
Bannan instant enigma- just add water
Nice rendition.

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