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Ophelia (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Flawed yet intriguing, Ophelia uses Hamlet as the starting point for a noble attempt to offer a misunderstood character long-overdue agency.

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Something is rotten in medieval-era Denmark, where political intrigue swirls around the imperial court like dark magic. Amid it all, the queen's brightest lady-in-waiting, Ophelia, finds herself drawn to Hamlet, the charismatic and elusive crown prince. As their secretive love affair takes flight, betrayal strikes the court, threatening to derail their union and devastate the royal family for good. Caught between her desires and her loyalty, Ophelia has to decide where her devotion will ultimately lie.

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Cast

Daisy Ridley
as Ophelia
Naomi Watts
as Gertrude/Mechtild
Clive Owen
as Claudius
Tom Felton
as Laertes
Devon Terrell
as Horation
Daisy Head
as Cristiana
Anna Rust
as Young Mechtild
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All Critics (126) | Top Critics (24)

Oh dear. Oh no. Ophelia. A curious, if ambitious, central conceit is here battered into inconsequentiality by a scattershot screenplay that flees so far from the original Shakespeare that it leaves little purpose, or relevant material, in the retelling.

November 25, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A confused melodrama more fitting for a retelling of Twilight in the woods than of the greatest play ever written.

November 22, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Ridley does a fine job on all fronts, so that the second half of the film rises above its theatrical tethers. George MacKay does his share of the heavy lifting.

July 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

...beautifully photographed and impressively staged but convoluted and over-the-top...all right, so it's a popcorn movie!

July 8, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The picture is nowhere near as memorable as other more controversial twists on misunderstood women of history and fiction.

July 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Ophelia brings a feminist quality to the character despite the period setting.

July 2, 2019 | Full Review…
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