Hamlet (2009)

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

A thrilling version of the Bard's classic tragedy.

NR 2010 182 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 15+

A Mildly Disturbing Masterpiece

RSC keeps almost every line of dialogue in the Shakespearean tragedy. So when it comes to inappropriate content...it's exactly as listed in the Bard's famous script. The performances by Tennant, Stewart and Mariah Gale are phenomenal. While that makes the film incredibly engaging, it also makes it very disturbing. Overall, the plot is gripping and the acting great. The cinematography is wonderful, my one complaint is that the costume department could use some work. I started reading the Shakespearean tragedies when I was eleven, but I wouldn't recommend it. This rendition bears all the linguistic complexity of the original (dialogue which, even beautifully rendered, is enough to baffle most adults), with frighteningly beautiful performances and gut wrenching emotions.

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