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      R Released Aug 31, 2001 1 hr. 35 min. Drama List
      65% 124 Reviews Tomatometer 58% 25,000+ Ratings Audience Score Moving the classic tale of "Othello" onto the basketball courts of a high school, the story focuses on a young black man named Odin (Mekhi Phifer) who is convinced by a conniving best friend, Hugo (Josh Hartnett) that his girlfriend (Julia Stiles) is cheating on him. Of course, what Odin doesn't know is that Hugo is in fact motivated by his own jealousy of Odin's good fortune. It's a sticky situation in classic Shakespearean tradition. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Apr 16 Buy Now

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      Though well-intentioned and serious in its exploration of teen violence, O is an uneven experiment that doesn't quite succeed.

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      Alec B You have to grant that the movie has guts. It is unfortunate then that the screenplay often feels like too much of push and the radical directions the plot goes are often unearned. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/24 Full Review Steve D Solid adaptation despite some issues thanks to a strong cast. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Hartnett is one twisted dude. Seriously devious! Not the best drama but worth a viewing. The end is a real shocker Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Very dramatic. Like really, what a highschool… Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review jordan m This was a better modernization of Shakespeare than Get Over It was earlier in the year, most likely because Othello as a play makes for much better cinematic material. They nailed all of the main plot developments of the play and portrayed them in a way that allowed dumb high school students to understand the subject matter. Stiles is one of my favorite actresses & both male leads performed well. The reservations I had were more related to the source material as basic jealousy doesn't generally escalate to the point of multiple homicides, but I digress. They did a good job. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The plot and storylines of the movie is written and constructed in a superb manner. Most of the actors in this film could've used some work on their skills, however Josh Hartnett doesn't get the recongition this movie deserves, the movie also doesn't get the recognition it deserves. This film follows the likes of a Basketball Phenom with hopes of going to College, Pros, and The Top of the popularity class(Odin). Along with his Teammate/Classmate/"Friend" (Hugo) wants the same things, but only achieves one. Top of the popularity Class. He gets jelous that he can't even get the top popularity. So he concocks a plan, to fill Odin's head with lies, and try to turn his life into a tailspin. Hugo convinces Odin that his girlfriend is cheating on him (Desi/Julia Stiles) with Odin's best friend (Micheal/Andrew Keegan). The twisted ending adds interest into the mindset and make you wonder, whats going through these characters heads. It's a must watch! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      David Ansen Newsweek This arty melodrama is not likely to make teenage America get down with Shakespeare. Mar 31, 2008 Full Review Todd McCarthy Variety This transferral of the tragedy of the Moor to a contempo American high school is something that never should have gone further than a class assignment to see if it could be made to work. Mar 25, 2008 Full Review Alan Morrison Empire Magazine Hartnett never allows him to become a hissable villain, keeping Hugo shy of our sympathies, yet his every move is utterly believable. Rated: 4/5 Dec 30, 2006 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault The movie is classy and dead serious, but it may not meet with the approval of either Shakespeare die-hards or teen audiences. For the rest of us, though, it works. Rated: B+ Sep 7, 2022 Full Review Richard Luck Film4 The presence of old lags Martin Sheen and John Heard just beggars belief. What were they thinking? Rated: 2.5/5 Jul 6, 2008 Full Review Philip French Observer (UK) It's highly enjoyable and well acted, with the Iago figure better motivated than in the original play, no single line of which has been retained except for the odd echo. Mar 25, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Moving the classic tale of "Othello" onto the basketball courts of a high school, the story focuses on a young black man named Odin (Mekhi Phifer) who is convinced by a conniving best friend, Hugo (Josh Hartnett) that his girlfriend (Julia Stiles) is cheating on him. Of course, what Odin doesn't know is that Hugo is in fact motivated by his own jealousy of Odin's good fortune. It's a sticky situation in classic Shakespearean tradition.
      Director
      Tim Blake Nelson
      Executive Producer
      Michael I. Levy
      Screenwriter
      William Shakespeare, Brad Kaaya
      Distributor
      Lionsgate Films
      Production Co
      Chickie the Cop, Rhulen Entertainment, Daniel Fried Entertainment
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 31, 2001, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 14, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $16.4M
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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