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Hamlet (2000)



Critic Consensus: Stiff performances fail to produce any tension onscreen.

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William Shakespeare's classic tale is brought to the screen for the third time in ten years in this modernized interpretation. Writer/director Michael Almereyda updates the story to the present day, where Hamlet (Ethan Hawke) is a struggling filmmaker whose personal and familial trials are set against the machinations of a huge production firm called the Denmark Corporation. Joining Hamlet as he seeks revenge for the death of his father and the wedding of his mother to an enemy are Kyle MacLachlan as Claudius, Julia Stiles as Ophelia, Bill Murray as Polonius, Sam Shepard as the ghost of Hamlet's father, Diane Venora as Gertrude, Steve Zahn as Rosencrantz, and Dechen Thurman as Guildenstern.

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Diane Venora
as Gertrude
Julia Stiles
as Ophelia
Steve Zahn
as Rosencrantz
Bill Murray
as Polonius
Jeffrey Wright
as Gravedigger
Karl Geary
as Horatio
Dechen Thurman
as Guildenstern
Casey Affleck
as Fortinbras
Rome Neal
as Barnardo
Tim Blake Nelson
as Flight Captain
John Martin
as Claudius' Bodyguard
Bernadette Jurkowski
as Blockbuster Clerk
Robin MacNeil
as Player King
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Critic Reviews for Hamlet

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (30)

Almereyda's details actually give the core story an additional layer of power. The cyclical decay of Hamlet still resonates, even as its '90s flourishes have become increasingly irrelevant.

June 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Ingeniously and divertingly updating Shakespeare to corporate New York, Michael Almereyda's Hamlet benefits from playfully iconographic casting.

April 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Too often, the gimmick of modern-dress Shakespeare is undone by the sheer visual incongruity of people in business suits speaking in 17th-century vernacular. Hawke (and those surrounding him) somehow make it play.

June 21, 2016 | Full Review…

2000 version of Hamlet is just dreadful.

December 24, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

I like the way the material has truly been "adapted" to its modern setting without the language being adulterated.

September 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It could prove almost as definitive -- and far more easily digestible -- than Branagh's textually complete version.

July 6, 2008 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Hamlet

A brilliant and astonishing modern adaptation of this classic tale or revenge and tragedy. A dazzling and remarkable masterwork that shines with style and passion. It has such an amazing all-star cast. Ethan Hawke is is truly superb, he gives one of his finest and most absorbing performances. An unforgettable movie that you cant take your eyes off of. It sizzles with energy and fierce dedication to the material.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

Good modernisation, but not as spectacular as Baz Lurmans Romeo and Juliet update. Also, for Hamlet, is not one of the best versions.

Stuart Brooks
Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

An all star cast performs and modern day New York is the setting for yet another take on the Bard's most well known play, with less emphasis on delivery of the lines (the iambic problem) than on the emotional intent implied by the words. Not for everyone, but then neither is iambic pentameter. The casting choices are inspired.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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