Hamlet (2011 film)

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Directed byBruce Ramsay
Produced by
Screenplay byBruce Ramsay
Based onHamlet
by William Shakespeare
Music bySchaun Tozer
CinematographyMichael C. Blundell
Edited by
  • Lisa Robison
  • Franco Pante
Hamlet Productions
Distributed byBreaking Glass Pictures
Release date
  • October 11, 2011 (2011-10-11) (VIFF)
Running time
89 minutes

Hamlet is a 2011 Canadian drama film written and directed by Bruce Ramsay in his directorial debut. It is a condensed retelling of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet set in 1940s England. Ramsay stars alongside Lara Gilchrist, Peter Wingfield, Gillian Barber, and Duncan Fraser. It premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival and was theatrically released in 2014.


In 1940s London, Hamlet attempts to resolve the murder of his father.



Hamlet premiered on October 11, 2011, at the Vancouver International Film Festival.[1] It received a limited release in January 2014.[2]


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 0% of five surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 2/10.[3] Joe Leydon of Variety wrote that the film "seldom rises above the level of a good try" but may intrigue fans and scholars with the decisions made in compressing the narrative to 90 minutes.[4] Nicolas Rapold of The New York Times wrote, "While Mr. Ramsay accomplishes some kind of a trick in streamlining the play, his trimming of corners feels more like a taking away of the center."[5] Annlee Ellingson of the Los Angeles Times negatively compared its creativity to Much Ado About Nothing and called it "a focused, if at times melodramatic, take on the play's beating heart".[6]


  1. ^ "Spotlight on BC Filmmakers at VIFF 2011". Vancouver International Film Festival. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  2. ^ "Bruce Ramsay's HAMLET Coming to Select Screens in January". BroadwayWorld.com. 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  3. ^ "Hamlet (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  4. ^ Leydon, Joe (2014-01-10). "Film Review: 'Hamlet'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  5. ^ Rapold, Nicolas (2014-01-09). "The Danish Prince and His Family Drama". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  6. ^ Ellingson, Annlee (2014-01-16). "Review: 'Hamlet,' as postwar soap opera". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-10-03.

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