Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1991)

Based on Tom Stoppard's play, this erudite comedy rethinks Hamlet by telling the story of two of its least important characters. The duo debates the theory of probability, the nature of Hamlet's madness, and which of them is… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 8, 1991
DVD Release Date: January 12, 2016
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Both Oldman and Roth turn in flat and uninspiring performances.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Staged as they are here, the jokes and the fourth-wall gamesmanship don't seem as funny as they did on the page.

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Mark Bourne

...On stage, the sprightly teleological riffs and bebop dialogue delight as ends in themselves. Here they're leaden and compromised. What happened?

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

As happens at the opera, one usually laughs (if one laughs at all) not because something is funny, but because one has successfully recognized that it is supposed to be funny.

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TV Guide

Unfortunately, Stoppard the director does not match the invigorating brilliance of Stoppard the writer.

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Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

Really head-twisting adaptation of the play with fine work from Oldman and Roth.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

As a movie, this material, freely adapted by Stoppard, is boring and endless. It lies flat on the screen, hardly stirring.

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A disastrous adaptation of an excellent play.

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Widgett Walls

Probably the best stage to screen adaptation I've ever seen. Essential.

Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Cassandra Maples
A wonderfully witty film masterfully transferred from a marvellous stage script to the screen. The dialogue is constant and highly entertaining, the meshing… More
Edward Boxler
Two side characters from Hamlet wander around unaware of their destiny as the events of the tragedy unfold around them. Oldman and Roth are great, and the… More
Summer W.
I loved the cast and love Tom Stoppard's work, but this predecessor to "Shakespeare in Love" was much less stimulating, even though it was… More
Arash Xak
Intelligent, Cute & Thought provoking
jay nixon
Humorous take on two minor characters in Hamlet is a bit extended but Oldman and especially Tim Roth are excellent and make a great team of if not exactly… More
Dean L
This is one of my all time favorites. One needs to digest it and really it must get more than one view. A true thinking person's comedy. Two side… More