Richard III Reviews

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.
September 7, 2011
July 9, 2008
A sure-fire crowd-pleaser among recent Shakespeare movies.
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.
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 21, 2003
It is all in the grand manner of Shakespearean tragedies.
February 13, 2001
This is Shakespeare exciting enough for even the most dubious, which, after all, is no less than the man deserves.
January 1, 2000
McKellen's enormous performance as Richard represents the film's biggest tinkering with theatrical canon.
January 1, 2000
The actors are uniformly good, including Broadbent's unctuous Buckingham and Hawthorne's sweet, unsuspecting Clarence.
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.
January 1, 2000
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.
January 1, 2000
Combines a shrewd understanding of Shakespeare with a healthy, low-brow approach to cinema.
December 29, 1995