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Hamlet Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    If Zeffirelli's Hamlet does resemble an actual movie at several points, it's thanks almost entirely to the inventive and atmospheric lighting of veteran cinematographer David Watkin, whose somber, gray-green palette gives the film a dignity and substance it would otherwise lack. [18 Jan 1991]

  • 88

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's a strong, intelligent performance [by Gibson], filled with life, and it makes this into a surprisingly robust Hamlet.

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OK for kids 14+

Mel Gibson emotes as the doleful Dane.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this version of Hamlet is played to suggest an incestuous relationship between the Prince of Denmark and his mother, Queen Gertrude. In one angry scene, Hamlet mimes sexual intercourse (fully clothed) while berating Gertrude for marrying his uncle before his father was cold in the grave. His mother, in turn, kisses her grown son suggestively.

  • Families can talk about the limitations and advantages of bringing a Shakespeare play to the screen. Did you find the play's arcane language more accessible? What about special effects? Why do you think the play's running time was cut in half? Did that help or hurt the story?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Sword fights and a poisoning.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Hamlet mimes sexual intercourse (fully clothed) and his mother kisses her grown son suggestively.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue