Much Ado About Nothing (2013)



Critic Consensus: Lighthearted to a fault, Much Ado About Nothing's giddy energy and intimate charm make for an entertaining romantic comedy -- and a Shakespearean adaptation that's hard to resist.

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Shakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's film, "Much Ado About Nothing". Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love. (c) Roadside Attractions

Rating: PG-13 (for some sexuality and brief drug use)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Joss Whedon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 8, 2013
Box Office: $4.3M
Roadside Attractions - Official Site


as Beatrice

as Leonato

as Don Pedro

as Claudio

as Don John

as Verges

as Margaret

as Ursula

as Leonato's aide

as First Watchman

as Second Watchman

as Friar Francis

as Sexton

as The Photographer

as Margaret
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Critic Reviews for Much Ado About Nothing

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (38)

Much Ado About Nothing is a delightfully spirited romp, filled with visual splendor, strong performances and flashes of post-modern absurdity.

Full Review… | August 21, 2013
USA Today
Top Critic

The movie swings along, with a grace denied to some of Whedon's grander projects ...

Full Review… | July 1, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

It's a private party, for Whedon fans only.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

This new adaptation of the Shakespearean play is very odd looking, like a modern film done on the cheap, in an ancient language, viewed on a 60-year-old television set.

Full Review… | December 8, 2013
Laramie Movie Scope

The wine flows freely throughout the film, and likely, all through production too.

Full Review… | November 24, 2013

But it is the dark side of Much Ado-everything associated with the smearing of Hero's reputation and her lover Claudio's savage rejection of her-that emerges most forcefully here

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Audience Reviews for Much Ado About Nothing

If you dislike Shakespeare or are unfamiliar with the story then stay away from this film.

Gregory Dark

Super Reviewer


I'm no Shakespeare aficionado. Save for high school reading and the stellar works of Kenneth Branagh, my exposure has been limited do to my finding a lot of the Bard's work unintelligible. But that didn't stop me from really enjoying "Much Ado About Nothing" and Joss Whedon's fresh, revisionist take. I've always found Shakespeare more palatable on the screen than page... so Whedon's light tone, snappy, jazzy rhythms and all around accessibility was right up my alley. The movie is also really funny. The cast (mainly Whedon regulars) was uniformly great, and at least half of the film's fun comes from them trying to deliver such lines in a not so theatrical way, while inhabiting such an idiosyncratic setting. The contemporary backdrop (Whedon's real home) really works here, and never distracts. It's actually why this "Much Ado" is so entertaining and so damn charming. Make no mistake, this is a minor film; and one that will leave viewers seeking out the next movie from the guy who directed The Avengers baffled. But it is also a fine entertainment and an adaptation for people who don't like Shakespeare and his enthusiasts alike.

Michael S

Super Reviewer


I enjoyed it but I found it a bit hard to relate what was being said with the actual action. I would've preferred that they had adapted the dialogue as well. Good movie otherwise.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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