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
Branagh has one-upped Olivier again by making his Hamlet a bold spectacle: big and loud and colorful.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Fine version of one of The Bard's best plays.
Steve Crum - Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
If you're willing to sit through Branah's 4-hour Hamlet, you'll be rewarded with a lavishly mounted, full-bodied version that brings new dimensions.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
The few missteps, mostly in casting, are a drop in the bucket when it comes to this adaptation.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Viewers patient enough to sit through four hours of this film are going to be rewarded with a memorable experience.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
La cinta de Branagh evito rescatar momentos cumbres y opto por dar fuerza al guion original.
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Stars Kenneth Branagh as a vigorous man of action who sets out to accomplish his mission with firm resolve.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Uma versao a altura (senao melhor) do classico de Laurence Olivier.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Not many filmmakers would dare to film and then market a four-hour film like this, but Branagh pulls it off marvelously.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Branagh's performance as the tired, troubled prince of Denmark is one of the great achievements in modern cinema.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
An irresistible Hamlet.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner
This version of Shakespeare's masterpiece is definately worth the length, and is a masterpiece in its own right.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
In spite of its length, Hamlet is a relevant and moving film.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Yes, it's long, but you'd be surprised how fast it goes by, a testament to the incredible source material Branagh got to work with.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Not since Akira Kurosawa's Ran (a Japanese King Lear) has there been such an energetic, visually exciting presentation of a Shakespearean play.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
A few cameos seem out of place, but the rest is pure magic.
Dean Essner - E! Online
An incredible motion picture experience.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
This Hamlet is a movie in every sense of the word, and brings the mastery of Shakespeare to a new and exciting life.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
A magnificent effort.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Hamlet is vast but manageable, gorgeous, and tragic on a very personal level. And every moment is riveting.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
This Hamlet is richer than any other you might have known because every piece of sub-text remains in the text.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Branagh confirms what was known from the opening shot of Henry V: he has fine cinematic skills.
Stanley Kauffmann - New Republic
A vigorous, four-hour adaptation that's 100 percent Shakespeare and 100 percent cinema.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic
It is a flawed adaptation, but still probably the best cinematic theatrical release of Shakespeare's Hamlet
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A true accomplishment.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
Moviegoers who applauded the vigilante justice in such recent films as Joel Schumacher's A Time To Kill and Barry Levinson's Sleepers should be totally in sync with the action and have no trouble surmounting the verbiage.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Standing apart from virtually all other movie fare this season, Hamlet makes for a fertile promontory.
Kim Williamson - Boxoffice Magazine
His reach extends his grasp and the film stumbles along the way, but Branagh's audacious vision, coupled with Shakespeare's dazzling prose, delivers many substantial rewards.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly