The Tragedy of Macbeth

The Tragedy of Macbeth

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Filmmaker Joel Coen brings together fellow Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand for this new take on Shakespeare's classic tragedy—the tale of a Scottish lord who becomes obsessed with a prophecy depicting him as the next King of Scotland.

2021Rating: M, Violence105 minsUSAA24
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The Tragedy of Macbeth | Reviews

Playing with notions of cinema versus theatricality, Joel Coen's Shakespeare adaptation is a stylised vision of expressionist angst powered by fantastic performances.

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Variety

Variety

A Macbeth... that, for all its darkness of import, is light-spirited, fleet, and intoxicating.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Compelling and visually brilliant...

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

It resonates with the ancient power of a ritual.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Denzel Washington delivers one of the best performances of his career... but it’s Kathryn Hunter who gives this film its witchy magic.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Joel Coen's stripped-down take... instantly secures its place among the most audacious modern screen adaptations of Shakespeare.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

It's an efficient little film, despite its fussy aesthetics...

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

A triumph of mood above all else...

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IGN

IGN

It captures age-old story beats with thrilling panache...

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Visceral, haunted and severe...

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

There's real resonant power in all that sound and fury - a tragedy stripped back and reborn but the essential truth of it undiminished, half a millennium on.

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Paste

Paste

The highly stylised aesthetic of the film - coupled with regretfully restrained performances - transform Macbeth into an all too tedious tragedy.

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Vulture

Vulture

The Tragedy of Macbeth is pretty much just one phenomenal Denzel Washington performance...

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ABC

ABC

The Tragedy of Macbeth astounds on every level...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Stark but utterly compelling...

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FilmInk

FilmInk

Gripping and cumulatively powerful...

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