Hamlet 1948

Critics score:
90 / 100

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Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: Laurence Olivier's famous 1948 interpretation of Shakespeare's play suffers slightly from his pop-Freud approach to the character and from some excessively flashy, wrongheaded camera work. Read more

Bosley Crowther, New York Times: The matter is settled; the filmed Hamlet of Laurence Olivier gives absolute proof that these classics are magnificiently suited to the screen. Read more

TIME Magazine: Sir Laurence Olivier's masterful version of the classic. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: Despite winning several Oscars, Olivier's (condensed) version of Shakespeare's masterpiece makes for frustrating viewing. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: This is picture-making at its best, and its showing must be done with the dignity it deserves. Read more