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Macbeth

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United Kingdom, France, United States

2015

Rated R • 1h 53m

Director Justin Kurzel

Starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine, Sean Harris

Genre History, Drama, War, Adventure

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A film adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish play about General Macbeth whose ambitious wife urges him to use wicked means in order to gain power of the throne over the sitting king, Duncan.

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67

IndieWire by

This particular tale of sound and fury signifies more than nothing, but only just.
100

Empire by Angie Errigo

Inspired, innovative, stunning, with unforgettable performances and images, this is up there with the great screen Shakespeares. The playwright surely would be thrilled with it in its full-blooded vigour.
75

Hitfix by Gregory Ellwood

Beyond the performances, this new “Macbeth” benefits from Kurzel’s inspired eye, the increasingly impressive talents of cinematographer Adam Arkapaw (“True Detective”) and Fiona Crombie’s period-loving production design. The world they have created for this tragedy may overwhelm, but it's certainly impossible to forget.
100

Variety by Guy Lodge

Fearsomely visceral and impeccably performed, it’s a brisk, bracing update, even as it remains exquisitely in period.
91

The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

Aided by intensely committed performances from a uniformly brilliant cast, all fielding Scottish accents, Kurzel's genius is to be able to find clean lines of dramatic connection and motivation within the existing text and then to interpret those imaginatively, without becoming simplistic and without compromise.
80

CineVue by John Bleasdale

Artfully, his films tracks the tragic decline of a good man gone bad, who finds murder too insignificant not to do again and again, a worthy addition to William Shakespeare's ever growing filmography.
80

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

There is a lot of sound and fury in this Macbeth, but not without meaning. It’s not perhaps a very subtle version, and I felt that Kurzel should have perhaps worked more closely with Fassbender with the contours of his speeches, and shown the painful mind-changing and nerve-losing in the early stages. There is an operatic verve.
100

The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Justin Kurzel’s blistering, blood-sticky new screen version of Macbeth unseams the famous Shakespearean tragedy open from the nave to the chops, letting its insides spill out across the rock underfoot.

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