OThe movie focuses on a young black man named Odin who is convinced by a conniving best friend, Hugo that his girlfriend is cheating on him. This Dixie Jago schemes to bring down a black Othello and his Cassio, playing into the poisonous power of jealousy, however badly this also hurts their loved ones and the whole team.
Actors of "O"
Characters of "O"
Directors of "O"
Tim Blake NelsonBirthdate: 11 May 1964, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Creators of "O"
William ShakespeareBirthdate: 23 April 1564, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, Kingdom of England [now England, UK]
Critic Reviews of "O"
NewsweekMarch 31, 2008
This arty melodrama is not likely to make teenage America get down with Shakespeare.
VarietyMarch 25, 2008
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.
Time OutJanuary 26, 2006
Credit, none the less, to the film-makers' game, unpatronising approach, and to Phifer and Stiles as compelling innocents.
New York ObserverSeptember 28, 2001
In the end, the Shakespearean ideas collapse on film because of the youthful callowness of the characters.
TIME MagazineSeptember 17, 2001
On your already groaning Shakespeare for Teens video shelf, stack this one above 10 Things I Hate About You ... and quite a bit below Romeo + Juliet.
New York Magazine/VultureSeptember 07, 2001
It's a doomy dirge of a movie, in which the protagonists, or at least the actors who play them, aren't equipped to handle their outsize passions.
Film4July 06, 2008
The presence of old lags Martin Sheen and John Heard just beggars belief. What were they thinking?
Observer (UK)March 25, 2008
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.
Film Journal InternationalMarch 01, 2007
Helmer Nelson has fashioned a clever premise, helped along by a smart ensemble that manages to highlight Shakespeare's work without parodying it--no small accomplishment.
Empire MagazineDecember 30, 2006
Hartnett never allows him to become a hissable villain, keeping Hugo shy of our sympathies, yet his every move is utterly believable.
EmanuelLevy.ComSeptember 17, 2006
Long on the Shelf, O is well directed and decently acted, but its narrative, while more or less faithful to Shakespeare, tried to do too much, pushing the characters and their emotions to unreasonable and unconvincing extremes.
Film ThreatJanuary 09, 2006
Leave it to Hollywood to make a bold, challenging film for teens (and adults) only to let it collect dust on a shelf as proposed release dates were set, then scratched, many times over.
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