A Midsummer Night's Dream Reviews


Minneapolis Star Tribune
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January 22, 2013

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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January 22, 2013

David Rooney
Variety
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February 23, 2012

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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September 7, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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.

Derek Adams
Time Out
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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.

Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005

If there is sacrilege afoot, I'm not enough of a scholar to spot it.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 6, 2002

The film is never a chore to watch, but others have done better by the Bard.

Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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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.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
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January 1, 2000

Overheated, tedious!

Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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 Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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January 1, 2000

Sparkling with moonbeams and wit!

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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January 1, 2000

Sufficiently contemporary and fresh!

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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January 1, 2000

Needs a flight of fancy to be truly memorable!

Susan Stark
Detroit News
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January 1, 2000

A magical film!

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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January 1, 2000

Captures hardly any of the play's delicious whimsy or its poetry!

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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January 1, 2000

Gentle and lighthearted!

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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January 1, 2000

After watching William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, I'm left with more admiration than fairy dust.

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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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
Emanuel Levy
Variety
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January 1, 2000

Intermittently enjoyable!

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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January 1, 2000

It's captivatingly modest.

Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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January 1, 2000

Funny and sexy!

Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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January 1, 2000

Dangles uncertainly between mannerly devotion to Big Will and susceptibility to a recent cinematic pandemic, the update.


Entertainment Weekly
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May 14, 1999

Full Review | Original Score: C+