Edgar Cochran’s review published on Letterboxd:
The passion and poetry of Shakespeare are subjected to Stalinist politics, and a shockingly seductive cinematography and breathtaking technical aspects enhance the delicious flavor of such despicable tragedy. Lunacy begins and the ambition increases, all of this controlled by Eisenstein in a masterful way. Each new decade, this Soviet giant would establish a landmark style, and the exceptional 40s were no exception, the formula including the submission of the masses to authoritative figures of power. Magnificent masterpiece that demands patience intentionally, only to reward it with astonishing symbols of religion and blasphemy.