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

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
In spite of the cast, this is a competent but unexceptional version of one of Shakespeare's more popular plays.
Full Review | Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4
Christopher Null
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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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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The director made a lot of odd choices in this film that take away somewhat from the magical feeling of the play...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Blackwelder
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
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
The execution of the Bard's comic work is less than sparkling.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Captures hardly any of the play's delicious whimsy or its poetry!
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Needs a flight of fancy to be truly memorable!
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
The story itself just isn't that exciting or, for that matter, very interesting to mainstream viewers.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
As a movie, unfortunately, it doesn't quite jive.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Dustin Putman
January 1, 2000
'Magic' was the one thing this movie desperately needed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
Vanessa Vance
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
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Combines some of Hollywood's finest acting ingredients but comes up with little more than leftover hash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 1, 2000
Often less spellbinding than it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
This Midsummer Night's Dream shows how high the bar has been raised by Shakespeare in Love. The allure and cleverness of that film, not to mention its far more Shakespearean spirit, make it a hard act for a hodgepodge to follow.
| Original Score: 2/5
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