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New Grand Theft Auto movie debuts with 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating

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GTA movie debuts with 100% Rotten Tomatoes ratingCourtesy of SXSW

Grand Theft Hamlet, the new film inspired by the Grand Theft Auto video game series, has debuted with a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The documentary follows theatre actors Sam Crane and Mark Oosterveen, who find themselves disconsolate and bored in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They spend their days in the online digital world of Grand Theft Auto and when they stumble across a theatre, they suddenly have an idea to stage a full production of Hamlet within the game.

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Courtesy of SXSW

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The documentary, which was directed by Crane alongside Pinny Grylls, premiered at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival over the past week, and has so far garnered acclaim, attaining a perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes after its first eight reviews.

You can read a selection of reviews below:

Deadline

“This could be one of the best films yet to come out of the pandemic, beautifully articulating the sense of isolation and introspection it engendered but also the digital camaraderie that emerged via online interactions and RPGs such as this.”

IndieWire

“A documentary that returns Shakespeare to his rightful place at the intersection between high and low art, and restores a palpable sense of danger to one of the stalest but still most exciting English-language plays ever written.”

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Variety

"[An] endearing and provocative chronicle of a production of Shakespeare that takes place entirely in the world of Grand Theft Auto.”

The Hollywood Reporter

“Grand Theft Hamlet also underscores how much gaming, like acting on a stage or in films, is performative, cathartic, playful in every sense.”

Grand Theft Auto 6, the next Grand Theft Auto game in the series, is set to be released by Rockstar Games in 2025.

Grand Theft Hamlet currently has no release date.

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