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William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Reviews

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 7, 2012
What fools these mortals be -- especially anyone who passes up Michael Hoffman's highly entertaining version of Shakespeare's famous comedy.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
Sumptuous version, both earthy and enchanted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 4, 2008
Your high school English teacher would approve, and parts are terrifically enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
August 5, 2007
Bathed in sunshine, stardust and star power, this 'Dream' should be required viewing for anyone who insists Shakespeare is stuffy and dull. ...this is Shakespeare for the masses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
I remain skeptical about the ability of even the best American actors to read Shakespeare's lines without giving the impression that they are enduring very painful cultural root canal work.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 3, 2006
It has fun and makes you laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Injecting the film with fun and pathos, Kline makes a superb Bottom; it's his play and he acts it to the hilt.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
If there is sacrilege afoot, I'm not enough of a scholar to spot it.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
The execution of the Bard's comic work is less than sparkling.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
April 7, 2004
It's a wildly entertaining romp that should delight fans of this year's Oscar-winner Shakespeare in Love.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
As a movie, unfortunately, it doesn't quite jive.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
What joy to hear an entire film audience roar with glee at Moonshine, Lion and Wall.
| Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Michael Hoffman's adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is a delightful way to spend the summer solstice evening, or any other, for that matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
The film is never a chore to watch, but others have done better by the Bard.
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June 23, 2002
Unfortunately, despite the wonderful locations, sets, costumes, and strong acting, this adaptation has a strange lack of magic or chemistry between players.
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
Hoffman, who did the adaptation himself, cuts and pastes portions of the play into his movie with a clunky hand. And the avalanche of star power nearly sinks the ship.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Hoffman charts a middle course, and travels it quite well -- his version is neither as elaborately baroque as Max Reinhardt's 1935 film treatment nor as starkly sexual as Peter Brooks's celebrated 1970 staging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Leslie Felperin
Sight and Sound
March 3, 2002
Sporting a shamelessly commercial all-star cast and textually shorn to make a comfortable, diverting two-hour flick, it's the lack of intellectual pretensions that finally makes this version so endearing.
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
September 16, 2001
I felt like a kid on the outside of the club house looking in -- and not seeing anything through the window that made me feel like I was missing out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
August 14, 2001
This film adaptation of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," just might be the best one ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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