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O

An update of Shakespeare's 'Othello' with a young cast, set in an upper class prep school deep in the American South, and centered around the school's star basketball player Odin James and his beautiful girlfriend Desi Brable.
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Village Voice by Amy Taubin

Had Nelson and Kaaya been less concerned with following Othello to the letter and rather had pursued this love affair into uncharted cinematic waters, O might have been more than an unresolved mixture of gimmickry and good intentions.
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Salon by Charles Taylor

The film is a plodding, earnest adaptation that strips the source of its richness and ambiguity.
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Newsweek by David Ansen

The actors attack their roles with commitment (Hartnett’s understatement is impressive), but their fervor can’t hide the movie’s implausible, often confusing storytelling.
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TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Every character fated to die in Othello meets his or her maker by the time the curtain falls on Blake's adaptation, which means the manicured campus of Palmetto Grove is left littered with slain coeds.
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Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

Essential to the success it manages is Hartnett's low-key, charismatic performance -- cool, withholding, compelling. The triumph of his insinuating Hugo/Iago is how plausible he is, how he manages to convincingly inject poison in so many minds without seeming to be trying.
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Miami Herald by Rene Rodriguez

What O lacks is a sense of spontaneity: Despite its contemporary dialogue and manner, the movie can't overcome a nagging aura of artifice.

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