We enjoyed Zeffirelli's Brother Sun Sister Moon and have his Romeo and Juliet waiting in the stack to be watched.
Here's the scene where he first sees his father's ghost. (Youtube link)
a scene with Ian Holm -Polonius' Advice to Laertes:
The Washington Post complains about the cuts. Rolling Stone concludes, "Olivier's Oscar-winning 1948 version remains the definitive screen Hamlet. The rest is silence. Or should have been."
Roger Ebert gives it 3.5 out of 4 stars and concludes,
We never feel, as we do sometimes with other productions, that events happen arbitrarily. Zeffirelli’s great contribution in "popularizing" the play has been to make it clear to the audience why events are unfolding as they are.Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 76%.
This "Hamlet" finally stands or falls on Mel Gibson’s performance, and I think it will surprise some viewers with its strength and appeal. He has not been overawed by Shakespeare, has not fallen into a trap of taking this role too solemnly and lugubriously. He has observed the young man of the earlier and less troubled scenes, and started his performance from there, instead of letting every nuance be a foreshadow of what is to come. It’s a strong, intelligent performance, filled with life, and it makes this into a surprisingly robust "Hamlet."