A high school musical that would make John Waters proud.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
It all adds up to the kind of bad family entertainment likely to raise only a few eyebrows.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Its sharply funny moments make its lack of consistency all the more evident. The movie ends up feeling like a collection of moments, rather than a coherent quirky comedy.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
[A] dazzling little comedy.
Philip Kennicott - Washington Post
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Coogan will do anything for a laugh, and given how little he has to work with, he must.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
Fortunately, Coogan remains impressively unafraid of humiliation, pushing every joke just far enough to keep us watching. But he deserves more.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Not since Death of a Salesman has failure been quite so entertaining.
Joanne Kaufman - Wall Street Journal
The more self-righteous it gets -- the more pious it is about offending people -- the less it works as a theatrical parody.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Why so vulgar?
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Coogan's mopiness is oddly riveting.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
The movie is an ideal showcase for the talents of Coogan.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Steve Coogan is the whole show in Hamlet 2, and while director and co-writer Andrew Fleming is strictly rudimentary in terms of technique and style, his British star pockets every available laugh plus a few unavailable ones.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
[Coogan's] screen persona is vain, dim, angry, and deeply miserable, and his handful of scenes here with a smilingly harsh Catherine Keener are little masterpieces of comic sadomasochism.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
In Andrew Fleming's Hamlet 2, the laughs are wan and intermittent. There's something rotten in the state of Arizona.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Fleming saves most of his energy for the blowout final production numbers, which play like demented outtakes from High School Musical.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Boy, is it stupid. Boy, is it funny.
Tom Long - Detroit News
For a film like Hamlet 2 to work -- even the title is hilariously ridiculous -- it has to sell the absurdity completely. It does.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Hit-and-miss in terms of verbal wit and individual gags. But package moves along quickly, and overall concept remains amusing even when there's a dud moment or three.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
I am not fond of listening to characters scream unfunny lines meant to send up the blandness of everyday people.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Dead Poets Society, Dangerous Minds, Mr. Holland's Opus, all 'great' movies about 'great' teachers inspiring their students to achieve great things -- all movies referenced lovingly by Steve Coogan's 'inspiring' teacher in Hamlet 2.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
If promotional hype of Falstaffian proportions has you convinced that Hamlet 2 is a Shakespearean romp or a musical involving a rocking sexy deity, some elucidation is in order.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Let's just say that, when the parody looks indistinguishable from the parodied, something's gone awry.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
No matter how many jokes you pack around it, arrested development doesn't make for a very compelling dramatic arc.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Despite the richness of the premise for comic invention, however, Hamlet 2 remains a rather mediocre experience, offering sporadic laughs but never achieving the level of consistent humor necessary to make this memorable.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
An erratic, freewheeling satire of Middle American mores.
Duane Byrge - Hollywood Reporter
Sure, Steve Coogan has his hilarious moments as a delusional drama coach struggling to save the arts program at a Tucson, Ariz., high school, but that's all there is in the movie: moments.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
There's nothing remarkable, or witty, or particularly engaging about Hamlet 2.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
It's Coogan's breakthrough star performance that holds it all together. He's sensational.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
When the father of one of the stars says, 'I'm simultaneously horrified and fascinated,' you'll know just what he means.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Hank Sartin - Time Out
Hank Sartin - Time Out Chicago
High school theater spoof lacks some spark.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Some of it doesn't work at all, but much of it is both sharply astute and hysterically funny
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Pete Hammond - Hollywood.com
I haven't laughed so hard in years. Coogan is pure brilliance...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Moments of demented inspiration as the ridiculously catchy ditty 'Rock Me Sexy Jesus' are few and far between.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
That sound you hear is Shakespeare spinning in his grave after watching Hamlet 2 from the Great Beyond.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Buoyed by Steve Coogan's unapologetically go-for-broke performance...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Coogan is a master at playing jerks, but Dana is too silly, too stupid, and too unappealing to enlist us on his side.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
For anyone who ever took drama in High School, Coogan's character will surely ignite memories of quirky, even downright crazy teachers you may have encountered over the years.
Ben Lyons - At the Movies
The funniest Shakespearean sequel since Richard IV.
Ben Mankiewicz - At the Movies
Oddly, what's supposed to be a great comedy about a bad play is in fact a bad comedy about a play that looks pretty frigging amazing
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
The play's the thing in Hamlet 2.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
While they may be trying to "save drama," (the $6,000 a year Tucson High School luxury) they are also lovingly destroying it.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Brady and Fleming, who co-wrote the script, build to a feverish finale, 15 minutes of pure transgressive laughter when Hamlet 2 is finally performed.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
I laughed enough while I watched it, but as I write this review, I realize how shabby it really is. And Marschz is annoying.
Michael Dance - The Cinema Source
Silly, inconsequential fun with enough laughs to make it worth a trip to the megaplex.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times