(2008)

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Metascore

Based on 28 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
83
As a movie, Hamlet 2 is lively, energetically daft, and very, very scrappy -- a broader, more loony-tunes knockoff of "Waiting for Guffman."
75
The movie is an ideal showcase for the talents of Coogan.
75
It's Coogan's breakthrough star performance that holds it all together. He's sensational.
75
Like its low-key star, Hamlet 2 is more likely to elicit quiet chuckles than raucous laughter.
63
Elisabeth Shue has a strange role as a version of herself who has given up acting for nursing.
63
Chicago Tribune
The film, which really is sloppy, slips around in terms of tone and goes every which way.
63
A rather mediocre experience, offering sporadic laughs but never achieving the level of consistent humor necessary to make this memorable.
60
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.
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.
50
Only in its aggressively imaginative profanity is the film consistent.
50
There's a lot of potential here, and a sharper script might have made all the difference.

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