A Midsummer Night's Dream Reviews

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July 1, 2001
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
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 8, 2001
...even sapped of some of its magic, much of the story's poetry remains.
| Original Score: 7/10
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
A rambling and disjointed play that tries to blend plotlines involving unrequited love, fellows putting on a play, and of course, fairies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Vanessa Vance
Reel.com
January 1, 2000
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
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
A decent enough Shakespeare film, but with the toned-down comedy, there's nothing to make this interpretation stand out...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 1, 2000
Often less spellbinding than it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Susan Granger
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
It's a charming, frothy frolic that captures the enchantment and delight of Shakespeare's most magical comedy.
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Dangles uncertainly between mannerly devotion to Big Will and susceptibility to a recent cinematic pandemic, the update.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The director made a lot of odd choices in this film that take away somewhat from the magical feeling of the play...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Combines some of Hollywood's finest acting ingredients but comes up with little more than leftover hash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Overheated, tedious!
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
The story itself just isn't that exciting or, for that matter, very interesting to mainstream viewers.
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000
A fanciful comedy deserving enough of the author's name.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Sufficiently contemporary and fresh!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Gentle and lighthearted!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Melissa Morrison
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Kline is so comfortable with Shakespearean language that viewers may forget they are hearing literature and simply enjoy Kline's revels.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
In spite of the cast, this is a competent but unexceptional version of one of Shakespeare's more popular plays.
Full Review | Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4
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