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Richard III (1995)



Critic Consensus: This re-imagining of Shakespeare's Crookback King relocates the story in 1930 and features an indelible star turn for Ian McKellen as the monstrous and magnetic King Richard.

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This innovative, fast-paced, cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare's classic work transposes the setting to an imaginary Nazi-like 1930s England. Ian McKellan is mesmerizing as the ruthlessly ambitious Richard, who rises to power by having anyone standing in has way murdered, including his own brother and the young children of his predecessor.

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Critic Reviews for Richard III

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (14)

Rarely has a film used London's landmarks so cannily.

April 26, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A sure-fire crowd-pleaser among recent Shakespeare movies.

July 9, 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.

February 27, 2008

This triumphant take on the Crookback king is as different from Olivier's '50s historical pageant as chalk is from malmsey.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

It is all in the grand manner of Shakespearean tragedies.

May 21, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

This is Shakespeare exciting enough for even the most dubious, which, after all, is no less than the man deserves.

February 13, 2001 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Richard III

Ian McKellen is Mesmerizing in this performance. The modernized setting and story-telling are a bit off-putting.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Ian McKellan was magnificent as usual. Annette Bening was magic. Jim Broadbent was incredible. Maggie Smith was brief, but fantastic. Robert Downey Jr. was confusing.

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

Richard III like you've never seen it before! Ian McKellen was amazing in this as he embodies the evilness of Richard III. Inventive and ruthless, this version cuts much of the dialogue in the play which makes it much more bearable than Olivier's 1995 snore-fest. Even if you're not fond of nor familiar with Shakespeare, you'll find this movie pretty enjoyable.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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