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½ March 15, 2018
A handsome production it is - but just could not get into it. This was meant for the stage and a live theater audience, in the same way as "Richard the Lionhearted." From the ratings here, some don't agree. But unless you're really into a lot of Shakespearean dialogue transmogrified and translocated to a venue not particularly suited for it - film - this is hard to recommend. Great acting by a good cast, but still ... Maybe I'll try again since this is a new age of old with Putin & Trump thanks to the Red State confederacy. Scary. | ~ Norm de Guerre
½ February 25, 2018
Just awful. An imaginary Richard in fascist England? Absurd.
½ January 25, 2017
This is the best Richard III film and I have seen them all. From the acting to the 1930s setting it just keeps you entertained
January 17, 2017
Richard III must've been the true origin of the Joker in batman. Such a menace. The movie pulls off the Shakespearean dialogue artfully although it is pretty hard to keep up with details sometimes. Absolutely worth the watch.
May 23, 2016
Utterly compelling and faultless. Ian McKellen is astonishing and chillingly convincing. Nigel Hawthorne is deeply moving as Clarence. The setting is effective and brings the piece to life with its deep cynicism. Every production of Richard III must surely pale in comparison.
Robert B.
Super Reviewer
October 8, 2015
Richard III is a fun, unserious production. Ian McKellen is great in the titular role and is the main reason why I rate the film up; none of the other performances makes much of an impression. The setting is interesting with nice costuming and style. Richard III is definitely a film you want to see at least once.
½ September 24, 2015
A brilliant shame that a feudal period piece should so easily translate to a 1930's setting. Beneath it's superficial sheen is social progress really that slow?
½ May 4, 2015
A great adaptation, but it moves almost too quickly, often at the expense of development and dialogue. A great flick for those who know the play; others may be a bit baffled as to what is going on.
½ January 18, 2015
In this re-imagining of William Shakespeare's classic play, Ian McKellen shines as the titular villainous king. Adapted to look like 1930's fascist England, this film is just brimming with style and sleaze...just like Richard himself. Even if you don't like Shakespeare, you'll like this.
September 16, 2014
dont be a nigger check that trigger
½ August 16, 2014
Awesome. The time transplant feels organic and McKellen is absolutely captivating.
June 12, 2014
Good thing McKellen's in virtually every scene, because he totally owns this role. Some of the other cast members (Bening, especially) aren't quite so mesmerizing.
December 27, 2013
C'est peur être un "classique" mais ce film est TELLEMENT PLATE que j'ai jamais été capable de l'écouter en entier !!!!
November 21, 2013
An incredibly fresh reinstallation of the Great Master's work with an excellent performance of Gandalf/Magneto and an evergreen story about treachery and the nature of dictatorships.
November 13, 2013
Best version ever. Cleverest use of the line: "A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!"
October 1, 2013
A pretty solid re-imagining of Richard III, but not my favorite.
½ September 22, 2013
When Richard III came out in 1995, I would not have crossed the street to see it for free. I may have been a 25 year old party girl who was working on her 7th year of college, but I was very conservative about some things, chiefly that Shakespeare is a canonical playwright whose plays should not be changed at all.

My older, hopefully wiser self now realizes how silly this point of view was, but it is the reason that I never had an interest in seeing this version of Shakespeare's most famous "historical" play.

It's only available on Netflix WI until October 1, so if you haven't yet seen it, watch it quick! It's a lush, professional production populated by famous actors and owned by Ian McKellen.
½ September 9, 2013
This is a better movie than I give credit for. The problem for me, is that Shakespearean dialogue to me is like a second language you know, but you don't converse in enough that you can unconsciously think in it. So for me, it takes longer to register the meaning, symbolism and the acting, leaving me less time to actually enjoy the proceedings.
September 7, 2013
While not as good as the '55 Olivier version, Richard Loncraine's reimaging of the classic tale is a highly inventive and stylish drama.
August 10, 2013
Not only is this the best version ever of this play, but it is pure alternate world SF.
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