Much Ado About Nothing Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 8, 2013
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 | Original Score: C+
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
November 24, 2013
The wine flows freely throughout the film, and likely, all through production too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Geoffrey O'Brien
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 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
Thelma Adams
Yahoo! Movies
November 2, 2013
More familiar than fresh, but no less amusing. Whedon uses Shakespeare to remind audiences that the problems that existed in the seventeenth century remain relevant and embedded in the human heart.
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
October 7, 2013
Joss Whedon's adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing is a highly-entertaining romp with an exceptional cast. Easily one of the best films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rebecca Barry
Flicks.co.nz
August 22, 2013
Has a wit and style you won't find in his kick-ass work for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly or The Avengers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 21, 2013
Much Ado About Nothing is a delightfully spirited romp, filled with visual splendor, strong performances and flashes of post-modern absurdity.
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
August 19, 2013
Framed in Whedon's lucid black and white it recalls the feisty romcoms of the Fifties, whilst scenes of subterfuge out on the streets at night employ the visual language of film noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
July 29, 2013
The movie brings to life a high-toned summer dreamland ... that exists in a dimensional rift between the Renaissance, the era of My Man Godfrey and now.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Alice Tynan
Limelight
July 13, 2013
Super-charged with giddy enthusiasm, Whedon's ensemble brings Shakespeare to life in a riot of boozy passion and slapstick giggles.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Martain
The Mercury
July 12, 2013
Whedon's legendary talent for dense dialogue and wrangling sprawling casts of strong characters into engaging stories has never been put to better use.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 12, 2013
A delightful celebration of Shakespeare's rapier wit...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
July 11, 2013
It's a boozy, lusty, all-night party interpretation of Shakespeare that ultimately casts frivolity aside for a disarmingly moving finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
About.com
July 10, 2013
A sublimely jolly presentation of a delightful play.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
July 7, 2013
Delivers ye old fashioned entertainment with a slick makeover
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
July 7, 2013
A self-contained, astutely executed project, with Whedon's old guard giving their all for the sheer joy of performance. Great fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 1, 2013
The movie swings along, with a grace denied to some of Whedon's grander projects ...
June 28, 2013
The film's biggest problem is that its Beatrice, played with spunk and spark by Amy Acker, is far more engaging and enchanting than its Benedick.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Michael Burgin
Paste Magazine
June 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 8.2/10
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