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Othello Reviews

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December 6, 2017
Like its hero, Oliver Parker's Othello starts mightily -- resplendent and captivating -- before crumpling under the weight of misguided choices and self-delusion.
July 3, 2008
Laurence Fishburne is an actor of no little talent, but he lacks Othello's martial bearing and heroic stature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 3, 2008
Branagh, as Iago, is so obviously the best thing in this largely uninteresting interpretation that you feel sorry for him when he inevitably bites the big one.
March 16, 2008
A decent but not great version that makes Shakespeare's reliable play accessible, but the acting is uneven: Branagh is witty as Iago, Fishburne looks but doesn't sound right, and Jacob is pale as Desdemona.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 26, 2006
A highly engaging attempt at Shakespeare's most domestic tragedy.
December 5, 2004
An entertaining, respectful adaptation that plays like an erotic thriller with Elizabethan language.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 6, 2004
Fishburne gives an amazingly chilling turn; when his Othello receives the Bad News about his lady love, Fishburne positively radiates homicide.
| Original Score: 4/5
November 25, 2003
Fine Shakespeare adaptation
| Original Score: 4/5
November 25, 2003
Fine Shakespeare adaptation
| Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2003
Mr. Branagh's superb performance...guarantees this film an immediacy that any audience will understand.
May 20, 2003
Every character is balanced by another similar or contrasting one, yet Parker does little to help the viewer make these associations.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
January 30, 2003
Recommended only to those who haven't yet seen enough Shakespeare on film.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
November 28, 2002
A pop-tart telling of Shakespeare's vengeful drama, done with remarkable flair.
| Original Score: 3/5
October 15, 2002
Davies has done an admirable job of condensing the sprawling action.
August 21, 2002
Othello is a mesmerizing screen version of Shakespeare's drama that gets high marks for its memorable delineation of the red-hot heart of jealousy.
February 13, 2001
Parker has shown how involving and moving Shakespeare can still be on the screen.
January 1, 2000
For sheer impact, this Othello can stand side-by-side with the versions brought to the screen by Orson Welles (as restored in 1992) and Lawrence Olivier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
... Will not give its viewers much of an idea of the Shakespeare play, and may inadvertently give them other ideas, about interracial love, that were not much on Shakespeare's mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Parker, whose screenplay strips down the original play, merely produces a lackluster essence.
January 1, 2000
Passion, like outpourings of iambic pentameter, isn't part of this picture's equation.
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