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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's Coogan's breakthrough star performance that holds it all together. He's sensational. show more

  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Like its low-key star, Hamlet 2 is more likely to elicit quiet chuckles than raucous laughter. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Elisabeth Shue has a strange role as a version of herself who has given up acting for nursing. show more

  • 60
    Wall Street Journal

    Mostly, though, there's the endlessly resourceful, endlessly inventive, bedazzling Mr. Coogan. Hamlet Schmamlet. Not since "Death of a Salesman" has failure been quite so entertaining. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Only in its aggressively imaginative profanity is the film consistent. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    There's a lot of potential here, and a sharper script might have made all the difference. show more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Attaining somewhat of a bad parody of a comedy, screenwriters Andrew Fleming and Pam Brady have slapped together a string of gags in a hit-and-miss dither. Some of it is quite brainy. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is an ideal showcase for the talents of Coogan. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The film, which really is sloppy, slips around in terms of tone and goes every which way. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    A rather mediocre experience, offering sporadic laughs but never achieving the level of consistent humor necessary to make this memorable. show more

  • January 09, 2009 PDXMOVIEKING
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    Sooo glad I saw this Hamlet 2 for free. This was beyond awful. Who gives a good christ about it supposedly knocking christianity. "This movie was hilarious from beginning to end! It does not make fun of Christianty. The focus is on Coogan's pathetic life and rediculous character which will have you rolling with laughter." Seriously? There were no funny moments in the film let alone entire scenes. The main character's life was tragic as in tragic-bad and not interesting or funny in a dark humor way. Lame, horrible script. What was Elizabeth Shue thinking? This film was far from hilarious or even funny from beginning to end. cd7503 you sound like a plant from the movie studio. Don't even waste your Netflix money on this dog.

  • October 07, 2008 Dollygrl56
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    This movie is actually one of the funniest things I've ever seen in my life. my friend & i were actually worried at times that we were going to wet our pants. I don't know WHO would think it wasn't hysterical, but I absolutely loved this movie. Can't wait for the dvd.

  • September 12, 2008 Wwiita07
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    This movie is HORRIBLE

  • September 07, 2008 jodymu421
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    Silly and irreverent at times, yes...but it was funny. I wasn't the only one laughing out loud in the theatre, either. I really enjoyed it.

  • September 07, 2008 bo00000021423483
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    I can't believe that I paid $10 to see this movie.. I nearly walked out, but didn't because my other half was with me and wanted to see how this train wreck ended. Yes, there were funny bits, but in the end I was wondering who to write to in order to get my 2 hours back. Don't bother, it wasn't worth looking up the showtime to go see.

  • September 01, 2008 Seth Horn
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  • August 30, 2008 alevysisk
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    I was a little dissappointed in this movie for two reasons:1. It didn't seem to know what kind of movie it wanted to be: slapstick? sitcom? inspirational? It would flip back and forth never quite finding its niche.2. Either the writing or the editing really dropped the ball. There are SO many transistions simply MISSING. Coogan's character WANTS to be inspirational, yet does NOTHING that is inspirational, and the students are still....well....inspired. You never see the moment the "misfit" kids buy into Coogan's world...they just do. One character goes from being irrationally afraid of the latinos to talking street and shocking them....with NO transistion. Is it funny? Quite a bit. Is it a geat movie? Not even close. Did I want my money back? Nah, but I only paid 6 bucks....but I wouldn't spend more money on it.

  • August 30, 2008 GooodGolly
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    lol i can see how it would be quite entertaining drunk, but it was pretty funny sober, as well. the offensive bits are pretty hilarious, as long as you keep an open mind about it. funny stuff.

  • August 30, 2008 cubbyduke
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    Very funny. Very entertaining. Basically I loved it.

  • August 30, 2008 charmsoerthrown
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    Ehh, I really liked the actual musical bits, but leading up to the performace on the musical, I found myself rather bored. I think I would have liked this better if I'd been drunk.

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