A Midsummer Night's Dream Reviews

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Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 22, 2013
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 22, 2013
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David Rooney
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
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.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Injecting the film with fun and pathos, Kline makes a superb Bottom; it's his play and he acts it to the hilt.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
If there is sacrilege afoot, I'm not enough of a scholar to spot it.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
The film is never a chore to watch, but others have done better by the Bard.
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June 23, 2002
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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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Overheated, tedious!
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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
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Sparkling with moonbeams and wit!
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Sufficiently contemporary and fresh!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Needs a flight of fancy to be truly memorable!
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
A magical film!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Captures hardly any of the play's delicious whimsy or its poetry!
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Gentle and lighthearted!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
After watching William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, I'm left with more admiration than fairy dust.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A playful, sexy piece of work -- just what the Bard might have conjured up for a movie adaptation of his beloved spring-fever comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Intermittently enjoyable!
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
It's captivatingly modest.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Funny and sexy!
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Dangles uncertainly between mannerly devotion to Big Will and susceptibility to a recent cinematic pandemic, the update.
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Entertainment Weekly
May 14, 1999
Full Review | Original Score: C+