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Richard III Reviews

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Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
April 26, 2016
Rarely has a film used London's landmarks so cannily.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
April 21, 2016
An outrageous, wickedly funny, 1930s fascist version of the Shakespeare play starring Ian McKellen as Richard of Gloucester.;
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
April 21, 2016
The "fascist" staging could have been hackneyed, but Loncraine carries it off superbly as the showcase for action-thriller noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
July 26, 2014
On its simplest and most satisfying level, Loncraine's Richard III can be enjoyed as an ingeniously sustained and spectacularly ballsy stunt.
David Keyes
October 9, 2013
"Richard III" is the kind of movie that earns the right to interpret the bard's ideas through alternate perspectives because it does so without sacrificing its core values or integrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
July 28, 2009
...McKellan helped his own cause by writing a screenplay which captures the essence of Shakespeare's play while also working perfectly as a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Top Critic
July 9, 2008
A sure-fire crowd-pleaser among recent Shakespeare movies.

TV Guide
February 27, 2008
This glossy adaptation is arch, nasty fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
February 27, 2008
Rigorous adaptation of the notoriously 'difficult' play.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

February 27, 2008
Even if you hate Shakespeare, you'll love this.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
February 27, 2008
In a shamelessly entertaining display of acting brilliance, McKellen 'plays' the demon's good arm as if it were a Stradivarius, executing one showy stunt after another.
Beth Accomando
October 6, 2007
As played by McKellen, Richard is a consummate actor who knows what role to assume, what props to use, and what words and actions to employ to turn a "scene" to his best advantage.
| Original Score: 10/10
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This triumphant take on the Crookback king is as different from Olivier's '50s historical pageant as chalk is from malmsey.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Ian McKellen plays Richard III, and he's a twisted, blackened, serpentine, lurching, spitting, menacing villain with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He is so hateful, it is easy to see why the Academy overlooked him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
September 17, 2004
An imaginative and visceral Shakespeare adaptation with a mesmerising perfromance by McKellen.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 24, 2003
Striking, fun and, finally, disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
September 22, 2003
A great concept-- and McKellen still rules Shakes works!
| Original Score: 4/5
Fred Topel
July 25, 2003
Interesting modernization of Shakespeare, before Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Geller
New York Times
May 21, 2003
It is all in the grand manner of Shakespearean tragedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Bold and rousing.
| Original Score: 3/4
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