Much Ado About Nothing Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
February 23, 2012
A spirited, winningly acted rendition of one of the Bard's most popular comedies.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 2, 2008
Continuously enjoyable from its action-filled opening to the dazzling final shot...
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
There's much to commend in Branagh's pruned, international version of Shakespeare's troubling comedy.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Kenneth Branagh...has done it again.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
The picture is overripe, and with few exceptions, so are the performances.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The key to the film's success is in the acting, especially in the sparks that fly between Branagh and Thompson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Somehow, the movie feels insubstantial and uninspired.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Director Branagh, who altered the play imaginatively for the screen, gives wonderful import to this silliness from long ago.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
This film cements Branagh's status as a great director of Shakespeare, and perhaps of film in general, as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4