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A Midsummer Night's Dream Reviews

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Thank goodness I saw this with a drama teacher - I thought something wasn't quite right, but my friend assured me plenty of thematic content was removed.

Full Review | Original Score: 3

July 1, 2001
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...even sapped of some of its magic, much of the story's poetry remains.

| Original Score: 7/10

April 8, 2001
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

A rambling and disjointed play that tries to blend plotlines involving unrequited love, fellows putting on a play, and of course, fairies.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
Vanessa Vance
Reel.com

Aside from a handful of shining performances and strong scenes, this Midsummer Night's Dream lacks the steady direction essential to any successful Shakespeare adaptation, leaving the players to flounder like the fools we mortals (often) be.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

A decent enough Shakespeare film, but with the toned-down comedy, there's nothing to make this interpretation stand out...

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Often less spellbinding than it wants to be.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Susan Granger
rec.arts.movies.reviews

It's a charming, frothy frolic that captures the enchantment and delight of Shakespeare's most magical comedy.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

January 1, 2000
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online

If you're looking for romantic fizz, A Midsummer Night's Dream comes out of the pack like a can of flat soda.

Full Review Source: Nitrate Online | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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Dangles uncertainly between mannerly devotion to Big Will and susceptibility to a recent cinematic pandemic, the update.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The director made a lot of odd choices in this film that take away somewhat from the magical feeling of the play...

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Combines some of Hollywood's finest acting ingredients but comes up with little more than leftover hash.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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This Midsummer Night's Dream shows how high the bar has been raised by Shakespeare in Love. The allure and cleverness of that film, not to mention its far more Shakespearean spirit, make it a hard act for a hodgepodge to follow.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

It is the timeless appeal of those words, the impassioned performances, and a bring-down-the-house third act that make this high-spirited production live up to its title.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
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Overheated, tedious!

January 1, 2000
Jim Judy
Screen It!

The story itself just isn't that exciting or, for that matter, very interesting to mainstream viewers.

Full Review Source: Screen It!

January 1, 2000
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room

A fanciful comedy deserving enough of the author's name.

Full Review Source: Scott Renshaw's Screening Room | Original Score: 8/10

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Sufficiently contemporary and fresh!

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Gentle and lighthearted!

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Melissa Morrison
Boxoffice Magazine

Kline is so comfortable with Shakespearean language that viewers may forget they are hearing literature and simply enjoy Kline's revels.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

January 1, 2000
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

In spite of the cast, this is a competent but unexceptional version of one of Shakespeare's more popular plays.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
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