• 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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Lauren Carroll Harris
Concrete Playground

The Elizabethan speech rarely totally flows, the modern setting jars and not all the actors convince. It's as slick as you'd expect, if not a little forgettable. A frothy passion project.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 3

July 17, 2013
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

The DIY ethos is admirable, but Whedon's undoubted strength is his dialogue, so doing it this way means he's essentially handicapping himself, and robbing us of what we enjoy most about his work.

Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 2/5

February 28, 2013
Witney Seibold

These kids know the words, but not the music.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 5.5/10

June 7, 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
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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While Acker successfully portrays a woman too smart and too strong to be shoved to the altar, Denisof never matches her fire. Without a Benedick that is up to her level, the inequity between the leads sinks the movie.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

June 3, 2013
Robert Levin

The high-concept enterprise, which uses Shakespeare's original language, never justifies its existence.

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 9, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Whatever else happens in "Much Ado," we need to believe there's something between Beatrice and Benedick and, here, that something feels like nothing.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 20, 2013
Dann Gire
Daily Herald (IL)

The more literal-minded medium of movies doesn't quite mesh 21st-century trappings with 15th-century references and titles. But effective actors can render these surface inconsistencies invisible, and there's the rub: They don't quite do it here.

Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL) | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 20, 2013
Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Josh Whedon's sophomoric attempt at swimming in Kenneth Brannagh's waters of expertise - namely adapting Shakespeare plays to film - is akin to watching a wet cat lick itself dry.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C-

June 3, 2013
Eric Kohn

Call it a Shakespearean catharsis or just call it a lark -- either way, the movie represents Whedon's least essential work, regardless of the material's inherent comedic inspiration.

Full Review Source: indieWIRE | Original Score: C+

June 6, 2013
Matt Pais

Their tongues tangled by declarations unbeknownst to them, much of the cast of Joss Whedon's Shakespeare adaptation struggles to suggest they connect to what they're saying.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 2/4

June 20, 2013
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

This inept modern-day version of the classic Shakespearian comedy comes across as too contrived.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 2/5

June 7, 2013
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

With its gently improvised tone and random slapstick, it's more of an intriguing idea than a successful film. And it only hints at the play's romance, humour and emotion.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

June 20, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
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Though it's not terrible, neither is it terribly good.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

July 8, 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
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

The film is nothing without the physicality of the performers, as Joss Whedon's script handles the transition of Shakespeare's language to modern day indifferently.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

June 3, 2013
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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The movie feels like too much of a lark.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

June 4, 2013
Todd Jorgenson

... too often feels like a calculated and ill-conceived exercise.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

June 13, 2013
Mark Dujsik
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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
Fred Topel

I actually got a lot more out of Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing than I did when my 9th grade English class went to see a production of the play.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 6.5 out of 10

September 15, 2012
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