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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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It has fun and makes you laugh.

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

June 3, 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
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
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
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
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

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
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

February 27, 2001
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
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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

E! Online

Pfeiffer and Everett make convincing fairy overlords!

Full Review Source: E! Online

January 1, 2000

Minneapolis Star Tribune
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January 22, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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January 22, 2013

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
David Rooney
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February 23, 2012
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

October 18, 2008


A visually delightful but curiously flat adaptation...

Full Review Source: Film4

July 4, 2008

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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