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Carrie R. Wheadon
Common Sense Media
April 4, 2012
Very accessible, jubilant Shakespeare with brief bawdiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
February 23, 2012
A spirited, winningly acted rendition of one of the Bard's most popular comedies.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
[Branagh] has found his way to the play's profound yet populist heart, rediscovering Shakespeare's vision of romantic fulfillment - celebration with an underlying tug of sadness - for an era that believes itself all too wise to the ways of love.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 8, 2011
Branagh's highly entertaining and accessible take on one of the Bard's zestiest comedies. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
July 2, 2008
Continuously enjoyable from its action-filled opening to the dazzling final shot...

TV Guide
July 2, 2008
A joyous romp whose forced jollity is only occasionally wearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

July 2, 2008
You can not fault Branagh's enthusiasm and his successful campaign to bring the Bard to the masses.
Rachel Sanders
Apollo Guide
May 3, 2007
Although Kenneth Branagh's interpretation does much to make Shakespeare's play comprehensible, it ultimately fails to create any kind of enduring watchability.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
There's much to commend in Branagh's pruned, international version of Shakespeare's troubling comedy.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
May 1, 2004
A lively and colorful adaptation of Shakespeare's play; Thompson and Branagh are especially fun to watch.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dragan Antulov
November 7, 2003
This film is going to entertain even those viewers who care little about Shakespeare and care about his comedies even less.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 15, 2003
Unevenly cast but ebulliently filmed, the film is a treasure for the Branagh-Thompson scenes alone.
| Original Score: 4/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
May 28, 2003
A lot of fun! Branagh does excellent bringing Shakespeare's comedy to life.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Kenneth Branagh...has done it again.
Brian Mckay
March 21, 2003
Wonderful rendering of Shakespeare's comedy. Branagh and Thompson shine. Wish I could say the same for Keanu.
| Original Score: 4/5
Widgett Walls
November 11, 2002
A fun adaptation of Shakespeare that only suffers from some unfortunate casting, especially with Keaton and Keanu.
| Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Both perfectly classic and remarkably fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Clint Morris
September 17, 2002
All-star laughs, romance and hijinks!
| Original Score: 3/5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
September 3, 2002
Branagh once again proves he can out-Shakespeare even the Bard himself.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 20, 2002
Inventively celebrates the sense of heightened vitality which is at the core of all Shakespeare's comedies.
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