Much Ado About Nothing Reviews

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February 19, 2019
What a piece of work is this.
August 14, 2018
Imaginative, intelligent, and brilliantly filmed, Branagh's Much Ado... is likely to make many people-especially the young-understand that Shakespeare can be vital, interesting, moving, and fun.
January 5, 2018
Doyle's enrapturing music and Branagh's cinematic grip of the play--inventive, lithe, somehow Shakespearean--are splendid. This Much Ado is a flawed gem. Certainly, regrettably, flawed; still, a gem.
November 16, 2017
Emma Thompson is normally a very reliable performer on screen, but Beatrice is not one of her successes.
April 4, 2012
Very accessible, jubilant Shakespeare with brief bawdiness.
February 23, 2012
A spirited, winningly acted rendition of one of the Bard's most popular comedies.
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.
May 8, 2011
Branagh's highly entertaining and accessible take on one of the Bard's zestiest comedies. [Blu-ray]
July 2, 2008
Continuously enjoyable from its action-filled opening to the dazzling final shot...
July 2, 2008
A joyous romp whose forced jollity is only occasionally wearing.
July 2, 2008
You can not fault Branagh's enthusiasm and his successful campaign to bring the Bard to the masses.
November 20, 2007
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.
February 9, 2006
There's much to commend in Branagh's pruned, international version of Shakespeare's troubling comedy.
September 23, 2005
June 29, 2005
January 5, 2005
June 10, 2004
May 1, 2004
A lively and colorful adaptation of Shakespeare's play; Thompson and Branagh are especially fun to watch.
April 24, 2004
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