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Richard III Reviews

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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
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
The updating is the kind of fanciful exercise far better suited to the stage than to the literal confines of the screen.
| Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 25, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 1, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
While this curious clash between a near-modern setting and the much older source material might seem confounding, it actually serves to energize the play, as well as making it more palatable to present-day audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Snappy Shakespeare adaptation has guts, gloss and glorious performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
April 26, 2016
Rarely has a film used London's landmarks so cannily.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Stylistically the film has some terrific moments, oozing period feel.
Full Review | Original Score: +3 out of -4..+4
Cole Smithey
February 22, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
September 22, 2003
A great concept-- and McKellen still rules Shakes works!
| Original Score: 4/5
Carlo Cavagna
January 1, 2000
Setting Richard III in a fictional fascist England of the 1930s is inspired...
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
A film of rare visual and intellectual vigour, one that challenges while it involves.
| Original Score: 85/100
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
It is ideal for crossover fodder for mainstream audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
September 17, 2004
An imaginative and visceral Shakespeare adaptation with a mesmerising perfromance by McKellen.
| Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 8, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The actors are uniformly good, including Broadbent's unctuous Buckingham and Hawthorne's sweet, unsuspecting Clarence.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Combines a shrewd understanding of Shakespeare with a healthy, low-brow approach to cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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