Othello (1995)

Actor Oliver Parker made his directorial debut with this adaptation of the tragic play by William Shakespeare that abridges the original text by half and ups the quotient of sex and violence. Laurence Fishburne stars as the Moorish general… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 22, 1995
DVD Release Date: January 18, 2000
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Perhaps less than the sum of its parts, Othello is still highly entertaining, and features excellent performances from Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh.

Anna Smith
Time Out

A highly engaging attempt at Shakespeare's most domestic tragedy.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Parker has shown how involving and moving Shakespeare can still be on the screen.

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TV Guide

Laurence Fishburne is an actor of no little talent, but he lacks Othello's martial bearing and heroic stature.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Branagh's superb performance...guarantees this film an immediacy that any audience will understand.

Mike Clark
USA Today

The movie is roughly on the same cinematic level as the Mel Gibson Hamlet, though it tends to get under your skin a little more once it gets rolling.


Branagh, as Iago, is so obviously the best thing in this largely uninteresting interpretation that you feel sorry for him when he inevitably bites the big one.

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Hollywood Reporter

Davies has done an admirable job of condensing the sprawling action.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

... Will not give its viewers much of an idea of the Shakespeare play, and may inadvertently give them other ideas, about interracial love, that were not much on Shakespeare's mind.

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Emanuel Levy

A decent but not great version that makes Shakespeare's reliable play accessible, but the acting is uneven: Branagh is witty as Iago, Fishburne looks but doesn't sound right, and Jacob is pale as Desdemona.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
this was a great film. not quite the entire original story, but a great film with good acting. the themes in this sory are powerful and the degredation of the… More
Robert Fearon
Recommended only to those who haven't yet seen enough Shakespeare on film.
John Ballantine
Fishburne's Othello has more more money associated with it than Welles' work but it is nonetheless as effective thanks to Laurence himself and a… More
Dimitris Springer
As if we didn't have Othello transactions in the past,Branagh (Parker is a cover-up) lifts the emotional barrier in such high levels,the utmost banality is… More
Brian R
The evil Iago(Kenneth Branagh) pretends to be friend of Othello(Laurence Fishburn) in order to manipulate him to serve his own end, comes up with a devious plan… More
Magnus XXXX
"I hate the Moor... And it is thought abroad that 'twixt my sheets, he's done my office. I know not if it be true but I, for mere suspicion in… More