Critics' Corner
Lloyd Rose - Style section, "The film equivalent of a lushly illustrated coffee-table book."

Desson Howe - Weekend section, "There are many ... instances when you want to run screaming from Elsinore Castle."

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Scene from this movie For his 70mm version of "Hamlet," director Kenneth Branagh may have reclothed the medieval court of Denmark in 19th-century dress. But he hasn't shied from the poetry. In fact, he has reprised the entire text, drawing from the scholastically approved versions -- the First Folio and Second Quarto.

There are good things about this. Branagh shows us how everything in this play -- from Hamlet's play-within-a-play to Ophelia's descent into madness -- matters in the ultimate scheme of things. We're also reminded that "Hamlet" is not the story of an indecisive, ineffective, chatty, loony prince. This story is all action; and every speech leads somewhere. -- Desson Howe
Rated PG-13

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Kenneth Branagh; Julie Christie;
Billy Crystal; Gerard Depardieu;
Charlton Heston; Derek Jacobi;
Jack Lemmon; Rufus Sewell;
Robin Williams; Kate Winslet
Running Time: 4 hours, 2 minutes
Filmographies: Kenneth Branagh; Billy Crystal;
Gerard Depardieu; Charlton Heston;
Jack Lemmon; Robin Williams;
Kate Winslet