• PG-13, 1 hr. 48 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Joss Whedon
    In Theaters:
    Jun 7, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Oct 8, 2013
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Much Ado About Nothing Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The DIY quality is very much part of what makes it charming, and makes it possible to agree to overlook some of the dodgier missteps of acting or staging.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

June 27, 2013
Michael Burgin
Paste Magazine

In setting and tone, Much Ado manages to smoothly present a contemporary vision of the play's original setting of wealth and ease -- this is how the better, effortlessly hipper, half lives.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 8.2/10

June 27, 2013
Will Leitch

Nothing revolutionary here, and one could make a pretty strong argument that this film exists so Whedon and his actors could have a weekend in a scenic cottage and get drunk together. But it's never self-indulgent. It's just here to have a good time.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: B+

June 23, 2013
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Whedon adapts William Shakespeare's feather-light comedy into a bubbly cocktail party of a movie - and gives his stable of regular actors some of the Bard's meatiest dialogue on which to chew.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

June 22, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

OK, Marvel fan boys. I reluctantly sat through 'The Avengers,' now it's your turn to reciprocate by seeing a more erudite offering from your sainted Joss Whedon.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: B

June 21, 2013
Nina Garin
San Diego Union-Tribune

It doesn't feel like you're watching Shakespeare, but like you're spying on personal moments between friends.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 21, 2013
Sheila O'Malley
Chicago Sun-Times
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The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

June 21, 2013
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

I respected this version more than I necessarily enjoyed it.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3/5

June 21, 2013
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

If you are a Joss Whedon fan, you won't want to miss this! If you're a Shakespeare fan, you won't want to miss this! If you like good movies, you won't want to miss this! In other words, you won't want to miss this!

Full Review Source: Film Geek Central | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 21, 2013
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

With so many cast members pulled from Whedon's various television series, it's hard not to view it as a weekend acting retreat for veterans of geek TV.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B

June 21, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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This fast and loose independent production is enjoyable as a home movie, but not much more.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 21, 2013
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle

As in many of Shakespeare's comedies, dark moments mark the dramatic action midway through Much Ado About Nothing. But Whedon brings the proceedings back to boisterous life in the last act.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 21, 2013
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Whedon and Cole have managed to accomplish a feat most filmmakers wouldn't even try --- and, in black and white.

Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

June 21, 2013
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Even if thou dost not much care for Will Shakespeare's style, methinks The Bard himself would approve mightily of this paean to his comedic work, "Much Ado About Nothing".

Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

June 21, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A delightful mix of the modern and the Elizabethan, a sort of do-it-yourself re-imagination of a true comic classic.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

June 21, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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There's no fire, and where their lines should ricochet with wit, they just spill forth, affably.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 21, 2013
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

The spotlight on the text poses a problem ... in that only a few of the actors are a match for the language.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 21, 2013
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered

Much Ado About Nothing is a small-scale but immensely satisfying treat, and one of the most infectiously enjoyable Shakespeare films in living memory.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 8/10

June 20, 2013
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A surprisingly clear-headed and faithful adaptation [with] a good deal of charm, effervescence and rollicking humor.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B+

June 20, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Whedon finds unexpected meaning in this famously saucy "skirmish of wit," the opposites-attract story upon which myriad modern-day rom-coms have sprung.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 20, 2013
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