As star and ringmaster, Branagh gets to the heart of Hamlet and goes to admirable lengths to take his audience there, too.
Janet Maslin — New York Times
Glorious as it is, this unexpurgated workout is ultimately a movie of moments.
Mike Clark — USA Today
There are many ... instances when you want to run screaming from Elsinore Castle.
Desson Thomson — Washington Post
The film equivalent of a lushly illustrated coffee-table book.
Lloyd Rose — Washington Post
By looking to the box office and the classroom with equal respect, [Branagh] has kept himself a friend of Shakespeare.
Jeff Millar — Houston Chronicle
Branagh's version moved me, entertained me and made me feel for the first time at home in that doomed royal court.
Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times
Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in a vibrant, full-text, full-hearted film from Shakespeare's most complex tragedy.
Susan Stark — Detroit News
This Hamlet may not be perfect, but it is perfectly engrossing.
Rick Groen — Globe and Mail
Every little triumph seems to inspire in Branagh some accompanying act of bad taste or judgment.
Scott Rosenberg — Salon.com
I have seen dozens of versions of this play (either on screen or on stage), and none has ever held me in such a grip of awe.
James Berardinelli — ReelViews
With his handsome and compelling Hamlet, Kenneth Branagh brings the Bard's greatest tragedy passionately alive on the screen.
Kevin Thomas — Los Angeles Times
It is a wholly new take on Hamlet, with a cast filled with entertaining cameos.
Kevin Carr — 7M Pictures
A work of tremendous personal ambition equipped with a budget nearly equal in magnitude.
Rob Humanick — Slant Magazine
Shakespeare's great tragedy -- all of it.
Randy White — Common Sense Media
The play widely regarded as the best piece of dramatic literature ever written...[in] the only unexpurgated big-screen version. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese — Groucho Reviews
Brave, yes, but undeniably excessive.
Dean Essner — Film4
Simply gorgeous to look at, and a number of the performances are outstanding...
Dean Essner — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Die-hard Bard students may quibble, but this gargantuan and glorious Hamlet is a movie-lover's paradise.
Rob Gonsalves — eFilmCritic.com
Branagh combines one of the Bard's best plays with some of the best filmmaking the medium has to offer.
John J. Puccio — DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio — Movie Metropolis
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