The Taming of the Shrew


The Taming of the Shrew

Critics Consensus

It may not be reverent enough for purists, but This Taming of the Shrew is too funny -- and fun -- for the rest of us to resist.



Total Count: 21


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User Ratings: 7,862
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This zesty version of William Shakespeare's classic comedy, set in Padua, Italy in the late 1500s, concerns the shy Bianca and the mean-spirited Katarina. Though Bianca is being courted by a number of young men, her father announces that she may not marry until Katarina is wed.

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Critic Reviews for The Taming of the Shrew

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3)

  • As for Mr. Zeffirelli's settings and the elaborate Renaissance costumes, they look very rich and mellow in the misty pastel colors that are used. But they, too, like Nino Rota's music, tend to monotony.

    Jul 1, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Comedy is sustained in witty wedding ceremony.

    Jul 1, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • More debased Shakespeare from Franco Zeffirelli.

    Jul 1, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Given the richness of costume, and a muted, almost autumnal colour scheme of greens and russets and rods, the film should be marvelously pleasurable to watch.

    Jul 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Purists will doubtless be upset by this flick, but the bawdy humor is engaging, the photography and musical score work just fine, and the most famous married couple in the world at that time are really having a ball here.

    Jul 1, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Zeffirelli can't bring himself quite to the realm of radical Shakespeare. However, the film is a great vehicle for the two most famous stars of its era.

    Oct 10, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Taming of the Shrew

  • Apr 22, 2012
    "Too many words," I complained while a youth first exposed to the Bard and so voiced the tedium I felt under the deluge of verbiage, poetry or no, accustomed to dusty cowpokes who spoke only in monosyllables between gunfights or, say, gangsters who rattled curses like machine gunfire ... until this lively Zeffirelli production was shown me. And its still my fav Shakespeare, embodied with hew and vigor, muscle and blood and bone by Burton and Taylor in my fav film by them. Inspires me to take 30 minutes to say "I love you!" A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This is a great adaptation of a Shakespeare play. The actors are great, and work together well. It's very funny and enjoyable and I recommend this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2009
    The film stars real-life husband and wife Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, then the hottest celebrity couple in the world. The themes of male chauvinism and feminism which underpin the comedic plot are brought out in a way that would have made the film instantly relevant to a 1960s audience. Provocative satire in sexual politics in the late 16th century. The fact that the play still resonates and can raise a smile suggests that things haven?t changed much in the past four hundred years vis-à-vis male-female relationships.
    Constanza B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2009
    ammusing... but liz was a little too crazy, in my opinion. and like any movie that you have to watch in school, it was slightly boring. funny, but a little boring.
    art s Super Reviewer

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