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A Midsummer Night's Dream Reviews

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

What fools these mortals be -- especially anyone who passes up Michael Hoffman's highly entertaining version of Shakespeare's famous comedy.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

April 7, 2012
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Sumptuous version, both earthy and enchanted.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 21, 2010
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Your high school English teacher would approve, and parts are terrifically enjoyable.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 4, 2008
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Bathed in sunshine, stardust and star power, this 'Dream' should be required viewing for anyone who insists Shakespeare is stuffy and dull. ...this is Shakespeare for the masses.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 5, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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I remain skeptical about the ability of even the best American actors to read Shakespeare's lines without giving the impression that they are enduring very painful cultural root canal work.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 27, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It has fun and makes you laugh.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

June 3, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Injecting the film with fun and pathos, Kline makes a superb Bottom; it's his play and he acts it to the hilt.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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If there is sacrilege afoot, I'm not enough of a scholar to spot it.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

July 21, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The execution of the Bard's comic work is less than sparkling.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

April 9, 2005
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

It's a wildly entertaining romp that should delight fans of this year's Oscar-winner Shakespeare in Love.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

April 7, 2004
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

As a movie, unfortunately, it doesn't quite jive.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: C+

May 22, 2003
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly

What joy to hear an entire film audience roar with glee at Moonshine, Lion and Wall.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 20, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

Michael Hoffman's adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is a delightful way to spend the summer solstice evening, or any other, for that matter.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 5/5

February 8, 2003
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film is never a chore to watch, but others have done better by the Bard.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

November 6, 2002
Paul Clinton (
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Unfortunately, despite the wonderful locations, sets, costumes, and strong acting, this adaptation has a strange lack of magic or chemistry between players.

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June 23, 2002
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Hoffman, who did the adaptation himself, cuts and pastes portions of the play into his movie with a clunky hand. And the avalanche of star power nearly sinks the ship.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C

April 3, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Hoffman charts a middle course, and travels it quite well -- his version is neither as elaborately baroque as Max Reinhardt's 1935 film treatment nor as starkly sexual as Peter Brooks's celebrated 1970 staging.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

March 19, 2002
Leslie Felperin
Sight and Sound

Sporting a shamelessly commercial all-star cast and textually shorn to make a comfortable, diverting two-hour flick, it's the lack of intellectual pretensions that finally makes this version so endearing.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

March 3, 2002
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

I felt like a kid on the outside of the club house looking in -- and not seeing anything through the window that made me feel like I was missing out.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 16, 2001
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This film adaptation of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," just might be the best one ever made.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 3/4

August 14, 2001
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