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NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014)

NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


User Ratings: 170


Movie Info

Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company go on the road in NOW: in the Wings on a World Stage. In over 200 performances, and across 3 continents, Kevin and the troupe reveal some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of Shakespeare's classic tragedy, "Richard III." Their story and experiences weave around, and reflect on, excerpts from the play from their various locations, from Epidaurus to Doha, and provides a great opportunity for those who have never … More

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Critic Reviews for NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (13)

More play, less luvvies please.

Full Review… | June 3, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

There is nothing that drives this film except a tone of inward-gazing self-importance, sweetened by the sentimental bonding of the play's cast and crew and Whelehan's touristy location shots.

Full Review… | May 15, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's that rare film that captures and conveys the romance of the theatrical experience.

Full Review… | May 8, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The camaraderie among the players, some of whom have interesting stories of their own, tends to shut out any sense of audience response, aside from the ovation that reliably greets the star as soon as he appears onstage.

Full Review… | May 8, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Over the course of the film, a sense of the cast's camaraderie comes through, the almost family feeling that takes over among people thrown together in such intimate circumstances.

Full Review… | May 8, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Spacey serves as an engaging, amiable host but also offers spot-on observations about the demanding role.

Full Review… | May 2, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Less a film than a brochure, offering lush, alluring scenery alongside a collection of ultimately shallow teasers.

Full Review… | August 15, 2014
Under the Radar

Shamelessly partisan, Jeremy Whelehan's film combines thoughtful pontificating with rather too many tributes to Spacey's leadership and generosity.

Full Review… | June 20, 2014
Total Film

Despite the distinct talent of all of those involved - from Spacey to Mendes to Whelehan, the biggest winner in this instance is a certain William Shakespeare.

Full Review… | June 6, 2014

It's as cozy and self-congratulating as you'd expect from a thing executive-produced and distributed by Spacey.

Full Review… | June 6, 2014
SF Weekly

As if screening filmed plays in cinemas wasn't perverse enough, here's a making-of for a long-gone theatrical event: the production of Richard III by Sam Mendes's Bridge Project that toured worldwide.

Full Review… | June 5, 2014

While NOW is an echo of Spacey's hubris and chicanery, it's also an object lesson on being in charge of your career. As such, it's a doc actors shouldn't miss.

Full Review… | May 6, 2014
Rotten Tomatoes

NOW: In the Wings On A World Stage is a flat and only sporadically fascinating documentary that will likely disappoint fans of both Spacey and Shakespeare.

Full Review… | May 4, 2014
We Got This Covered

"Istanbul is so exotic," is one reaction from a young actor, and that's about as good as the commentary gets.

Full Review… | May 2, 2014

A more interesting documentary would have further investigated the phenomenon of Shakespeare resonating with such diverse locales.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014

A gift not just for Kevin Spacey and theatre fans but for viewers who thrill to travel, live performance, and insights into "the process."

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
Film Journal International

Didn't need to be a movie.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014

It's more like an unusually lavish DVD extra that might accompany a film of one of the stage performances.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
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