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Othello Reviews

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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.
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.
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
Seldomly have I been so outright disappointed by a film.
| Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Parker, whose screenplay strips down the original play, merely produces a lackluster essence.
January 1, 2000
The real question is, could director Oliver Parker have done worse?
January 30, 2003
Recommended only to those who haven't yet seen enough Shakespeare on film.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
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 1, 2000
It almost works. Except when Shakespeare, Parker or the actors get in the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.25/5
January 1, 2000
There is little to offend in the movie, but neither is there much to engage the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
Passion, like outpourings of iambic pentameter, isn't part of this picture's equation.
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
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
For once, the two name actors really are the best thing on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
February 16, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
The film Lawrence Fishburne will be remembered for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
November 28, 2002
A pop-tart telling of Shakespeare's vengeful drama, done with remarkable flair.
| Original Score: 3/5
December 18, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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