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Feature 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.

Actors: Michael Fassbender , Marion Cotillard , Paddy Considine , Sean Harris , Jack Reynor , Elizabeth Debicki , David Thewlis , David Hayman , Barrie Martin , Kayla Fallon , Jack Madigan , Frank Madigan
Directors: Justin Kurzel
Country: UK , FRANCE , USA
Release: 2015-08-16
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  • Michael O'Sullivan

    This cinematic Macbeth possesses a terrible beauty, evoking fear, sadness, awe and confusion. Presented with the aesthetic of a dark comic book, it’s also a mournful masterpiece, rendering Shakespeare’s spectacle with all the sorrow and majesty that it deserves.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • 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.

    Empire Full Review
  • 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.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

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

    Variety Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    Fassbender manages to find the psychological throughline that makes Macbeth’s increasing mental deterioration — a development that can feel overly formalistic, not to mention moralistic — wholly convincing.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • 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.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    It's the gripping and verbally deft cast, led by a swaggering, formidably brooding Fassbender and a searing and poignant Cotillard, that may emerge most memorable here.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    This is a Macbeth to sink into and shrink from, not one to parse.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Macbeth takes liberties with the particulars of the Shakespeare play, but is fascinatingly true to its spirit.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    [Kurzel's] vision of what he wants his Macbeth to be never wavers. And he has the actors to make it happen.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    This Macbeth is ferociously well acted. Fassbender’s prowling energy electrifies the film.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Matt Glasby

    Bleak as a morgue, even more brutal than the play, Kurzel’s stark psycho-drama can’t unseat its source, but is still mighty screen Shakespeare.

    Total Film Full Review
  • 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.

    CineVue Full Review
  • 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.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    An intensely compelling work.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    The trouble comes, and not just for Fassbender, when it’s time to tackle the actual text. The toil of it is exhaustingly felt. The lines are spoken, but their weight sometimes is as vaporous as that Scottish fog.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    If Macbeth comes off at times like a Classics Illustrated comic-book adaptation (there is one, from 1955), it can also be quite moving, quite troubling, haunting, even.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    If you’re not already somewhat familiar with Shakespeare’s tragedy, this incarnation isn’t about to go out of its way to provide much context or explain why certain characters matter. But in an intriguing contrast, while the scale of the battles and the scenery is enormous and awe-inspiring, some of the more famous moments and lines arrive in understated fashion in intimate spaces. Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Marion Cotillard’s Lady Macbeth, however, is a triumph. She seems transfixed by her own capacity for evil, and her mad scene is one of the most unhistrionic, and therefore spookiest, ever filmed.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    If you haven't seen Marion Cotillard play Lady Macbeth, you really haven't seen the role inhabited with the glorious fire and ice it needs to haunt your dreams.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Lately, the Shakespeare plays on film tend to be either too self-consciously irreverent on the one hand or too stodgy on the other; Kurzel’s Macbeth takes a point of view without betraying the Bard.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    The film’s raw performances get upstaged by Kurzel’s medieval shock-and-awe palette. The text has been streamlined to make room for more brutal mud-and-blood battle sequences, hauntingly shot by Adam Arkapaw.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • 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.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Mr. Fassbender gives you a reason to see this Macbeth, although the writing isn’t bad, either.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Staff [Not Credited]

    One of the most consistently engrossing elements of Macbeth is Kurzel’s vision of that harsh world, helped by a tight unit of costume, design and camera.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Blake Goble

    It’s a fierce, visceral vision with a superb cast, that one suspects was more focused on pumping up Macbeth than reminding people why it’s such a lasting cautionary tale.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
  • Kaleem Aftab

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

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Joe Dziemianowicz

    Something sexy this way comes. With an electrifying Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard headlining Macbeth, there’s going to be heat. Even more so since they’re both magnetic and silver-tongued in this jaggedly beautiful but sometimes jarring film.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    We’re talking maximum sound and fury, and while no movie that stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard could signify nothing, this one doesn’t signify a whole lot.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    The fundamental problem with this Macbeth is that it insists on reducing the mystery of motivation to the pop psychology of a magazine article.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Partly, I think, the problem lies in Kurzel and his key performers being so determined to make the language conversational and naturalistic, they forgot to make the individual scenes move.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Sam C. Mac

    Throughout, director Justin Kurzel's stagey pretensions clash with each of his aesthetic choices.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    The problem is not that Kurzel cuts the words, which is his absolute right, but that he destroys the conditions from which they might conceivably have sprung.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    I can’t decide if Kurzel’s Macbeth is worse than the geriatric Maurice Evans–Judith Anderson version I was forced to endure in high school, but it’s certainly less lively than the two terrible gangster updates, Joe Macbeth and Men of Respect.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Kurzel and three screenwriters have figured out a way to make Macbeth boring. Now that they proved it can be done, no one need ever do it again.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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