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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
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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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
If there is sacrilege afoot, I'm not enough of a scholar to spot it.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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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.
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
July 1, 2001
Thank goodness I saw this with a drama teacher - I thought something wasn't quite right, but my friend assured me plenty of thematic content was removed.
Full Review| Original Score: 3
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 8, 2001
...even sapped of some of its magic, much of the story's poetry remains.
Read More | Original Score: 7/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000
A fanciful comedy deserving enough of the author's name.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Sufficiently contemporary and fresh!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Gentle and lighthearted!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Melissa Morrison
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Kline is so comfortable with Shakespearean language that viewers may forget they are hearing literature and simply enjoy Kline's revels.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Pfeiffer and Everett make convincing fairy overlords!
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