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Much Ado About Nothing Reviews

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
The picture is overripe, and with few exceptions, so are the performances.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Somehow, the movie feels insubstantial and uninspired.
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
One longs for genuine bursts of cinematic poetry instead of all the overemphatic gusto.
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 24, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The key to the film's success is in the acting, especially in the sparks that fly between Branagh and Thompson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
This film cements Branagh's status as a great director of Shakespeare, and perhaps of film in general, as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Carrie R. Wheadon
Common Sense Media
April 4, 2012
Very accessible, jubilant Shakespeare with brief bawdiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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Todd McCarthy
July 2, 2008
Continuously enjoyable from its action-filled opening to the dazzling final shot...
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
The pace is fast and Shakespeare pleases much.
Full Review | Original Score: +2 out of -4..+4
Cole Smithey
November 20, 2007
| 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.
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
August 5, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 17, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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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