Richard III Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
While this curious clash between a near-modern setting and the much older source material might seem confounding, it actually serves to energize the play, as well as making it more palatable to present-day audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The actors are uniformly good, including Broadbent's unctuous Buckingham and Hawthorne's sweet, unsuspecting Clarence.
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
January 1, 2000
Setting Richard III in a fictional fascist England of the 1930s is inspired...
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
A film of rare visual and intellectual vigour, one that challenges while it involves.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Overall, this version of Richard III is an entrancing interpretation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
The best part of the entire movie are the sets by Tony Burrough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Faires
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The film's look, opulent with Deco, is stunning, but is never an end in itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Flourish is the name of the game, and even what seems like unintentional comedy may be more purposeful than it appears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
McKellen's enormous performance as Richard represents the film's biggest tinkering with theatrical canon.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Combines a shrewd understanding of Shakespeare with a healthy, low-brow approach to cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Few English actors can speak verse with the rhythmic ease and assurance of McKellen and Maggie Smith.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
It is ideal for crossover fodder for mainstream audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Stylistically the film has some terrific moments, oozing period feel.
Full Review | Original Score: +3 out of -4..+4
Ted Prigge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
A fantastic flick, filled with welcome life, and hysterically darkly comic humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
The updating is the kind of fanciful exercise far better suited to the stage than to the literal confines of the screen.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 22, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 25, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 8, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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