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Love's Labour's Lost Reviews

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Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
A noble experiment that didn't quite work out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Empire Magazine
October 18, 2008
It may not be 'hip', but it's definitely enjoyable and it's a shame that there isn't more scope for genuine musical talents like Lester to utilise their gifts in modern cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Derek Elley
Variety
July 6, 2008
A luscious labor of love.

Film4
July 6, 2008
We all know who's going to pair off with whom in the end, but Branagh does get us there in some considerable style.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
An act of double homage to antique artifice.
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Alicia Silverstone was better as Batgirl than in this piece of garbage. I don't think she even understood what she was saying.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Branagh takes one of Shakespeare's lesser-known plays and puts his own imaginative spin on the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Germain
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 21, 2004
Maybe Kenneth Branagh should have left the Hollywood musical where he found it, back in the 1930s.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 6, 2003
Devices meant to keep Shakespeare user-friendly instead reduce the story to a jumble.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Joe Mader
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Casting Silverstone as the princess gives final proof of Branagh's temporary (one hopes) insanity.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Love's Labour's Lost wasn't lost on me at all; if I could float into the air, singing 'Cheek to Cheek' with total, unabashed sincerity, I probably would.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 22, 2002
It's a delightful blend of past styles and songs that adds a much-needed zest to a dry and dreary movie season.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Kerrigan
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Branagh covers all the plot points, uses heroically long takes for the dance numbers and oversees an enormously talented group of designers and costumers.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
It's never hugely engaging and it's instantly forgettable, but it has a certain goofy charm...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey Gantz
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
A masterpiece that merges the Bard's bittersweet wisdom with the wit, style, and idealism of '30s Hollywood musicals.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 13, 2002
A delightful romantic comedy with musical numbers by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 7, 2002
The most exultant epiphany of romantic celebration I've seen in a film--ever.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Might have worked a little better on stage, and with a few different actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 28, 2002
A number of the actors surprise and beguile.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Branagh has some terrific sight gags up his sleeve, and the songs themselves are absolutely wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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