Twelfth Night (1998)



Critic 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.

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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
New Line Home Entertainment


as Sir Andrew Aguecheek

as Malvolio

as Sir Toby Belch

as Orsino

as Sebastian

as Fabian

as Gardener

as Valentine
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Critic Reviews for Twelfth Night

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (12)

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2008
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
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Only fitfully do the actors actually seem to become the characters they are playing.

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

Stage director Trevor Nunn hasn't exploited it in his film of the chaotic Bard farce, which delivers only fitfully on goodwill the play automatically beckons.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for Twelfth Night

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.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Good cast but is just pretty blah and uninteresting.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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