Richard III Reviews

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August 30, 2017
But when thoughts turn to the Bard, and his unique way of pinpointing the flaws in human nature that bite us again and again, they inevitably settle on Richard III.
January 2, 2017
With a screenplay (co-written by McKellen) that crackles and spits like a roasting pig, it was clearly as much of a blast to make as it is to watch.
April 26, 2016
Rarely has a film used London's landmarks so cannily.
April 21, 2016
An outrageous, wickedly funny, 1930s fascist version of the Shakespeare play starring Ian McKellen as Richard of Gloucester.;
April 21, 2016
The "fascist" staging could have been hackneyed, but Loncraine carries it off superbly as the showcase for action-thriller noir.
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.
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.
September 7, 2011
Whatever its flaws, the revelation of this Richard III is that updating Shakespeare may be even more ideally suited to the movies than to the stage.
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.
July 9, 2008
A sure-fire crowd-pleaser among recent Shakespeare movies.
February 27, 2008
This glossy adaptation is arch, nasty fun.
February 27, 2008
Rigorous adaptation of the notoriously 'difficult' play.
February 27, 2008
Even if you hate Shakespeare, you'll love this.
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.
February 22, 2008
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.
June 24, 2006
This triumphant take on the Crookback king is as different from Olivier's '50s historical pageant as chalk is from malmsey.
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.
August 25, 2005
October 8, 2004
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