Richard III Reviews

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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
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 25, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 1, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Snappy Shakespeare adaptation has guts, gloss and glorious performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
July 28, 2009
...McKellan helped his own cause by writing a screenplay which captures the essence of Shakespeare's play while also working perfectly as a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
October 6, 2007
As played by McKellen, Richard is a consummate actor who knows what role to assume, what props to use, and what words and actions to employ to turn a "scene" to his best advantage.
| Original Score: 10/10
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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 22, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Ian McKellen plays Richard III, and he's a twisted, blackened, serpentine, lurching, spitting, menacing villain with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He is so hateful, it is easy to see why the Academy overlooked him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
September 22, 2003
A great concept-- and McKellen still rules Shakes works!
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
It is ideal for crossover fodder for mainstream audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
September 17, 2004
An imaginative and visceral Shakespeare adaptation with a mesmerising perfromance by McKellen.
| Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 8, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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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.
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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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
October 9, 2013
"Richard III" is the kind of movie that earns the right to interpret the bard's ideas through alternate perspectives because it does so without sacrificing its core values or integrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 21, 2012
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