Sir Laurence Olivier's masterful version of the classic.
This is picture-making at its best, and its showing must be done with the dignity it deserves.
-Variety StaffFull Review
The matter is settled; the filmed Hamlet of Laurence Olivier gives absolute proof that these classics are magnificiently suited to the screen.
-Bosley CrowtherFull Review
Laurence Olivier's famous 1948 interpretation of Shakespeare's play suffers slightly from his pop-Freud approach to the character and from some excessively flashy, wrongheaded camera work.
-Dave KehrFull Review
This Hamlet, a Best Picture winner, unfortunately stands as one of the stagier productions of the famous play.
-Christopher NullFull Review
Olivier's classic and personalised version of the troubled Prince of Denmark is still highly atmospheric and intriguing.
-David ParkinsonFull Review
Hamlet has been filmed many times, but few can hold a candle to Olivier's portrayal of the Danish prince in 1948.
Despite winning several Oscars, Olivier's (condensed) version of Shakespeare's masterpiece makes for frustrating viewing.
-Geoff AndrewFull Review
One of the best versions of the Bard's.
-Dennis SchwartzFull Review
Olivier always felt that each different Hamlet is an essay, subject to the individual's interpretation.
Olivier's Hamlet is terrific to watch and his performance is great but, like the play, the film is somewhat tedious.
-Wesley LovellFull Review
Done in different style than Henry V, based on Olivier's metaphor that Hamlet is more like an engraving than a painting, the play was hauntingly shot in b/w, dwelling on the Castle and its massive and gloomy corridors where the action takes place.
-Emanuel LevyFull Review
A valuable classic.
Of the four versions of Hamlet that I've seen, this one is the most psychological, the one that truly delves into Hamlet's mind and psyche.
The best ever adaptation of Shakespeare's best ever play. Olivier is mesmerising.
-Shannon J. Harvey
For its time, one of the best Shakespearean adaptations, even though a lot of the text has been omitted. Olivier's psychological take on Hamlet could be debated today.
If you want to study Shakespeare, and how it should really be done, then watch Laurence Olivier.
-Michael SzymanskiFull Review
It is everything that it should be: beautiful and haunting, powerful and ultimately tragic.
-Michael W. Phillips, Jr.Full Review
The feature is certain to live forever as a screen classic.
a bold, well-paced tragedy that helped expand audience notions of what Shakespeare on screen could be like