Were the World Mine Reviews

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Anna King
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 12, 2009
This high school reworking of A Midsummer Night's Dream never really takes flight, but neither is it the preening misfire the first half promises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 29, 2009
Were the World Mine gets by on sheer charm -- and on Gustafson's inventive direction, Kira Kelly's elegant cinematography and co-screenwriter Cory James Krueckeberg's whimsical production design, which works wonders on a limited budget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 12, 2008
Were the World Mine is seriously uneven. If it displays considerable imagination and creativity, it also lapses too often into smug, campy silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mike Mayo
Washington Post
December 12, 2008
Editorial Review Writer-producer-director Tom Gustafson's musical fantasy Were the World Mine, based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is mostly delightful.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 12, 2008
A diverting Chicago-made export, director and co-writer Tom Gustafson's gay fantasia on Shakespearean themes is set in a socially stratified private school ruled by the rugby jocks but about to be sent into a tizzy thanks to the magic of Shakespeare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
December 11, 2008
When the film narrows its focus from big questions addressed through overly broad strokes and instead zooms in on one-on-one interactions and the emotional power of a well-made musical sequence, it taps into a winning sweetness and poignancy.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 5, 2008
There are times when it is safe to say that a labor of love is love's labor lost, and, reader, this is one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
November 21, 2008
Were the World Mine follows the teen musical formula but renders its material with admirable lushness and intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 21, 2008
An ambitious gay musical fantasy inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tom Gustafson's Were the World Mine is far better in concept than execution. The shoestring budget hurts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 21, 2008
Were the World Mine, an indie alternative to Disney's High School Musical franchise, is a small, endearing film.
| Original Score: 3/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 21, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
July 31, 2008
This picture dares to summon the spirit of the Bard as well as the ghost of Arthur Freed and succeeds as a rousing, warm-hearted spectacle.
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
June 10, 2008
The clunky script keeps pulling everything to an earthbound level well below the desired airy realm.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 1, 2008
The movie takes the familiar scenarios of high school angst and adolescent crushes and gives them a wonderful musical spin, complete with elaborate sets and choreography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4