21 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 69.
The New York Times
"Rebeck’s new play is so clever it uplifts, so timely it hurts...As Bernhardt locates the heart of Hamlet, Ms. McTeer the comedian becomes a riveting Shakespearean...But in the second act, after the big decision, the play loses some of its internal logic...'Bernhardt/Hamlet,' directed with wit and verve by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, is a deep-inside love letter to the theater as a kind of laboratory in which experiments in both art and equality are possible. "
“The sublime McTeer plays the divine Sarah Bernhardt, who plays the immortal Hamlet...This is all interesting, even provocative, but what’s missing is some reasonable dramatic conflict...Under Von Stuelpnagel’s tightly choreographed direction, this solid cast of characters encircle Bernhardt like planets following their star. And blazing stars they certainly are, both McTeer and Bernhardt, yoked in a dynamic character study that, for all its shining moments, is no play.”
Time Out New York
“What ‘Bernhardt/Hamlet’ perversely refuses to give us is a coherent sense of Bernhardt’s performance in the role...Perhaps Rebeck is afraid that Bernhardt’s take on Hamlet would look dated or worse to a modern audience...While it is sometimes ungainly, the play is amusing on its own inside-theater terms. Moritz von Stuelpnagel’s staging...has a handsome rotating set...and capable performances not only by McTeer, who is incapable of being dull, but a strong supporting cast.”
“Bernhardt/Hamlet (Broadway)” was also reviewed by Elizabeth Bradley of Broadway News, Greg Evans of Deadline, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, David Roberts of Theatre Reviews Limited, David Finkle of New York Stage Review, David Cote of The Observer, Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly, Nicole Serratore of The Stage (UK), Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Roma Torre of NY1, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Melissa Rose Bernardo of New York Stage Review, Hayley Levitt of Theatermania, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, and Matt Windman of AM New York.
The show was also reviewed by 169 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 78.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Clever, Great staging, Entertaining, Intelligent
See it if…"You like strong female characters and innovative treatment of theatrical life. Extra points if you are a fan of the excellent Janet McTeer."
Don't see it if…"Skip this show if you are a Shakespearean purist."
See it if…"You like authentic female empowerment stories with a side of showing their vulnerability along the way, or you just like Janet McTeer."
Don't see it if…"You can’t seem to find interest in a thin plot of a French actress trying to play Hamlet."
andyboy, ShowScore: 75
See it if… "You'd enjoy a very entertaining show with plenty of humor that also makes a few serious points along the way, despite its lack of focus."
Don't see it if…"You want a cleanly structured and focused play with a clear theme and action that illuminates that theme. This is all over the map, but fun."
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