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Twelfth Night: Or What You Will (1998)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 23
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: Director Trevor Nunn makes some questionable choices, but his stellar cast -- which includes Helena Bonham-Carter, Ben Kingsley, and Nigel Hawthorne -- more than rises to the material.

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: Director Trevor Nunn makes some questionable choices, but his stellar cast -- which includes Helena Bonham-Carter, Ben Kingsley, and Nigel Hawthorne -- more than rises to the material.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 7,724

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The classic Shakespearean comedy about mistaken identity and gender confusion is brought to the screen once again in this British production, courtesy of screenwriter-director Trevor Nunn. Nunn has transferred the time period to the Victorian Era of the late 19th century. Two twins, Viola (Imogen Stubbs) and Sebastian (Steven MacKintosh), are separated when their ship capsizes. Each believes that the other has drowned. Viola washes ashore on the coast of Illyria. She disguises herself as a man … More

Rating:
PG
Genre:
Drama , Television , Romance , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Trevor Nunn
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 30, 2005
Runtime:
New Line Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Twelfth Night: Or What You Will

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (8) | DVD (4)

A handsome, agreeably performed rendition that fails to ignite much laughter or any real emotion.

Full Review… | July 6, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

The direction is assured, and the cast is masterly.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A comic meditation on desire, disguise and inherent bisexuality.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

An entertaining movie. No more, no less.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Only fitfully do the actors actually seem to become the characters they are playing.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

An innovative and imaginatively rendered version of Shakespeare's funniest play.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

I started watching the film by thinking, "They should film more of the comedies," and probably They still should, but I ended by thinking, "They really ought to hire movie directors to make movies."

Full Review… | January 8, 2012
Nick's Flick Picks

Where is Preston Sturges when we need him?

Full Review… | July 6, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Why Nunn chose to set this version in the 1890s is a little baffling.

Full Review… | July 6, 2008
Film4

Another fine film version of the Bard's work...

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
Cincinnati Enquirer

Focuses on the twists and turns in the giddy game of life.

Full Review… | August 28, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Not to be missed.

Full Review… | April 17, 2002
Film Scouts

This is the film to take a Shakespeare fan to see so he will understand why so many people do not care for Shakespeare.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
rec.arts.movies.reviews

The adaptation of the text is quite literal, but the passion and the chemistry is not up to par.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Internet Reviews

Twelfth Night may be uneven, but is still largely appealing, thanks to the talented cast and the unique design of the film.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Carter plays the slightly unstable Olivia with comic efficiency.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Examiner

Nunn has done a very good job of keeping the humor and vitality of Shakespeare intact...

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The autumn chill suffusing this film is right in line with the play's constant song of death and loss.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Austin Chronicle

Twelfth Night is blessed with a first rate cast, all of whom have bought into Nunn's vision.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Twelfth Night: Or What You Will

Light-hearted Shakespeare just as it should be. Pretty much perfectly cast with each actor hitting all the right notes. Still like with most Shakespeare it will never match up to its source material but at least it goes for a fair balance between the theatrical and the cinematic.

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Luke Baldock

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Okay passable Shakespeare like the type that you are usually forced to endure in a high school class but don't remember well beyond the exam on the subject.

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John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Good cast but is just pretty blah and uninteresting.

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SunilJawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

½

I really enjoyied this adaptation. It was much more fun. I just really thought it was great!

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Marion Ravenwood

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