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

September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
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.
July 21, 2005
If there is sacrilege afoot, I'm not enough of a scholar to spot it.
November 6, 2002
The film is never a chore to watch, but others have done better by the Bard.
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.
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
January 1, 2000
After watching William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, I'm left with more admiration than fairy dust.
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
January 1, 2000
Overheated, tedious!
January 1, 2000
Intermittently enjoyable!
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Sparkling with moonbeams and wit!
January 1, 2000
Sufficiently contemporary and fresh!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Needs a flight of fancy to be truly memorable!
January 1, 2000
It's captivatingly modest.
January 1, 2000
A magical film!
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Captures hardly any of the play's delicious whimsy or its poetry!
January 1, 2000
Dangles uncertainly between mannerly devotion to Big Will and susceptibility to a recent cinematic pandemic, the update.
January 1, 2000
Funny and sexy!
January 1, 2000
Gentle and lighthearted!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 14, 1999
Full Review | Original Score: C+