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

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Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
If you're looking for romantic fizz, A Midsummer Night's Dream comes out of the pack like a can of flat soda.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
A magical film!
| Original Score: 3/4
Russell Smith
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Has a seductive, genuinely dreamlike feel that invites total surrender to its spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dainon Moody
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
With the finely timed comedic performances of, most notably, Kevin Kline and Stanley Tucci, one can't help but [laugh].
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
A rambling and disjointed play that tries to blend plotlines involving unrequited love, fellows putting on a play, and of course, fairies.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
It's captivatingly modest.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 1, 2000
Often less spellbinding than it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Quite faithful to the original material and, as such, considerably less jarring than efforts like Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo Juliet.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A playful, sexy piece of work -- just what the Bard might have conjured up for a movie adaptation of his beloved spring-fever comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
A gorgeous sliver of grown-up ambrosia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 1, 2000
The movie adds delicate beauty to what we already consider a rollicking Shakespearean comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
January 1, 2000
The first two-thirds of the movie is entertaining in spots, but flat as a pancake in others.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
A decent enough Shakespeare film, but with the toned-down comedy, there's nothing to make this interpretation stand out...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Vanessa Vance
Reel.com
January 1, 2000
Aside from a handful of shining performances and strong scenes, this Midsummer Night's Dream lacks the steady direction essential to any successful Shakespeare adaptation, leaving the players to flounder like the fools we mortals (often) be.
| Original Score: 2/4
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
January 1, 2000
Flockhart's delivery of the Shakespeare lines is faultless, her energy level charged, and her charm considerable as she pursues her beloved, Demetrius.
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
January 1, 2000
A well-crafted film!
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Sparkling with moonbeams and wit!
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
After watching William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, I'm left with more admiration than fairy dust.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Overheated, tedious!
Sue Pierman
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 1, 2000
It is Kevin Kline who is the real star of the film.
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