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Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

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91

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 4

Kenneth Branagh's love for the material is contagious in this exuberant adaptation.

80

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 2

Kenneth Branagh's love for the material is contagious in this exuberant adaptation.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 50,775

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Actor Kenneth Branagh made his directorial debut with a rousing screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's Henry V. Four years later, he returns to the bard's work with this lively version of one of Shakespeare's best comedies. Don Pedro (Denzel Washington), the Prince of Aragon, returns victorious from battle to the praises of the Governor of Messina, Leonato (Richard Briers). One of Don Pedro's bravest men, Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard), falls in love with Hero (Kate Beckinsale), Leonato's

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Jan 1, 1998

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (4) | DVD (10)

A spirited, winningly acted rendition of one of the Bard's most popular comedies.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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[Branagh] has found his way to the play's profound yet populist heart, rediscovering Shakespeare's vision of romantic fulfillment - celebration with an underlying tug of sadness - for an era that believes itself all too wise to the ways of love.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Continuously enjoyable from its action-filled opening to the dazzling final shot...

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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There's much to commend in Branagh's pruned, international version of Shakespeare's troubling comedy.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Kenneth Branagh...has done it again.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The picture is overripe, and with few exceptions, so are the performances.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Very accessible, jubilant Shakespeare with brief bawdiness.

April 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Branagh's highly entertaining and accessible take on one of the Bard's zestiest comedies. [Blu-ray]

May 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

A joyous romp whose forced jollity is only occasionally wearing.

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

You can not fault Branagh's enthusiasm and his successful campaign to bring the Bard to the masses.

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Although Kenneth Branagh's interpretation does much to make Shakespeare's play comprehensible, it ultimately fails to create any kind of enduring watchability.

May 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comment (1)
Apollo Guide

A lively and colorful adaptation of Shakespeare's play; Thompson and Branagh are especially fun to watch.

May 1, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

This film is going to entertain even those viewers who care little about Shakespeare and care about his comedies even less.

November 7, 2003 Full Review
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Unevenly cast but ebulliently filmed, the film is a treasure for the Branagh-Thompson scenes alone.

August 15, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

A lot of fun! Branagh does excellent bringing Shakespeare's comedy to life.

May 28, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Wonderful rendering of Shakespeare's comedy. Branagh and Thompson shine. Wish I could say the same for Keanu.

March 21, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

A fun adaptation of Shakespeare that only suffers from some unfortunate casting, especially with Keaton and Keanu.

November 11, 2002
Needcoffee.com

Both perfectly classic and remarkably fresh.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

All-star laughs, romance and hijinks!

September 17, 2002
Moviehole

Branagh once again proves he can out-Shakespeare even the Bard himself.

September 3, 2002
Matinee Magazine

Inventively celebrates the sense of heightened vitality which is at the core of all Shakespeare's comedies.

August 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Much Ado About Nothing

See this instead. The definitive version, the one where Thompson and Branagh sparkle with so much chemistry ... you know how when you hear a really good singer you like it so much you actually for a minute think you can sing too? Well, its like that kinda sparkle. And wit (that's Shakespeare's). And maybe the only film to make the Bard 100% comprehensible w/o having yer unemployed English Lit major friends 'splainin' every other line to you. And I think Micheal Keaton's great in this.
June 23, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

A total blast, it's an utterly delightful and wonderfully cheerful romantic-comedy that you will just fall in love with. A masterpiece. Director, Kenneth Branagh proves he is a true master of the interpretation of Shakespeare's work and has a wonderful all-star cast to back it up. It's extremely entertaining and tremendously enjoyable. The battle of the sexes has never been this much fun. Kenneth Branagh, Denzel Washington, Robert Sean Leonard, Michael Keaton, Kate Beckinsale, Emma Thompson and Keanu Reeves have sensational chemistry, they show great love and passion to the material and their characters, showing they are having a blast. Branagh and Thompson are excellent. Washington is magnificent. Leonard and Beckinsale are a revelation. Keaton is hilarious. A hilarious and heartfelt movie. A true classic. Shakespeare has never been this much fun. A real gem.
April 20, 2013
allan913

Super Reviewer

Really a good, heart-warming story. As usual, Keanu Reeves is awful. If you can't do an English accent, don't try! Thankfully, Keanu's role is minimal.
October 27, 2012
cchclaw

Super Reviewer

Branagh and Thompson carry the film and shine in their roles.
March 13, 2011
Raajay

Super Reviewer

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