• 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

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

Full Review Source: USA Today

August 21, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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The movie swings along, with a grace denied to some of Whedon's grander projects ...

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 1, 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
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
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
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
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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No matter what movie or television show he is making, Whedon is a master of wit, of clever wordplay that doesn't just entertain but crackles with knowing energy.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

June 20, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Though Whedon's trimmed the play down, to make it an appropriate movie length, he's kept the dialogue intact, and the pleasure the cast gets in saying the lines is palpable.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 20, 2013
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Much Ado About Nothing couldn't look more different than Branagh's traditional version, and yet its big-hearted spirit is equal to the task of celebrating a classic while highlighting the reasons to remake it.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 20, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Won't please every fan of the Bard (or "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), but ... could inspire a debate as lively as the play itself.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 20, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's like watching a gang of talented people put on a show in a friend's back yard. Which it is, actually.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

June 20, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Finally! A romantic comedy that works.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 20, 2013
Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
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Joss Whedon's take on Shakespeare's classic tale is swanky, sexy and sophisticated, as bracing as a dry martini poured from a silver shaker on a summer night.

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

June 20, 2013
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The most interesting aspect of Much Ado about Nothing is that it illustrates Whedon's ability to make a movie that relies exclusively on performances and dialogue.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

June 19, 2013
Michael Posner
Globe and Mail
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Whedon's Ado is a parlour version of the play, shot in black and white, with documentary intimacy.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

June 14, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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Rarely has wisdom been more joyous than in this supple contemporary version of William Shakespeare's seminal comedy.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: A

June 13, 2013
John Anderson
Newsday
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Everyone acquits him or herself charmingly, and with a deep appreciation for why Shakespeare travels well, and in defiance of those who would dismiss him as dusty. The fact is, he's writing about us. It's as simple as that, and Whedon well knows it.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 13, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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I enjoyed Whedon's film both as a species of stunt and also as a legitimately entertaining entry in the voluminous Shakespeare adaptation sweepstakes.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

June 7, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's a slight but smart, sweet but guiltless celebration. Kind of like what making it must have been for a director exhausted from months of wrangling a herd of superheroes.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

June 7, 2013
Dana Stevens
Slate
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This Much Ado About Nothing-while perhaps not an adaptation for the ages in every respect-is as bracingly effervescent as picnic champagne.

Full Review Source: Slate

June 6, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" is both a palate cleanser for the director and a small but savory treat for Shakespeare-starved audiences.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 6, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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It definitely possesses that Whedon-esque nerdy energy, fizzing with humor, eroticism, booze and more than a hint of danger.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

June 6, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The joyous spirit of the play has been preserved in this modest, homegrown production.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

June 6, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Whedon, without skimping on the tale's tragic undercurrents, has crafted an irresistible blend of mirth and malice.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

June 6, 2013
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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A host of Whedon veterans puts on one of the funniest Shakespeare films in ages.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

June 6, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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"Much Ado About Nothing" is an absolute delight, as merry as the day is long.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

June 6, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Joss Whedon's fresh and cheeky adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing" is a minor miracle - the first filmed Shakespeare comedy in decades that's actually funny.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 6, 2013
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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From its very first scenes, Mr. Whedon's film crackles with a busy, slightly wayward energy that recalls the classic romantic sparring of the studio era.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

June 6, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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The performances are strong enough ... to almost completely compensate for the tossed-off nature of the movie, which basically amounts to a bunch of close friends getting together to stage a reading.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

June 6, 2013
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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Moviegoers will likely have few better options this summer for a good romantic comedy.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 5, 2013
Karen D'Souza
San Jose Mercury News
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A slick, postmodern "Much Ado" that delights so much it's very nearly as you like it.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 5, 2013
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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The film isn't as fast and funny as it could be, although Nathan Fillion's easily offended constable injects some sorely needed comic relief. Still, give Whedon credit for trying to expose his Comic-Con fan base to a different kind of Hero.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

June 5, 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
Chris Packham
Village Voice
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With its interrogations of gender, feminism, and marriage, Shakespeare's comedy is an apt vehicle for Whedon's own storytelling agenda.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 4, 2013
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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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.

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June 3, 2013
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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I'd be pressed to imagine a more sure-footed Much Ado. When Shakespeare's done right, you can't imagine him ever being done wrong. The clarity is blinding.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

May 27, 2013
Linda Holmes
NPR
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A project this simple would be nowhere without the actors, and Whedon gets fine work out of just about everybody.

Full Review Source: NPR

September 10, 2012
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