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.



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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…

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  • 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…

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