All Is True

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Impressively cast and beautifully filmed, All Is True takes an elegiac look at Shakespeare's final days.

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The year is 1613, and Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son, Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationship with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as a husband and father.

Cast & Crew

Kenneth Branagh
William Shakespeare
Judi Dench
Anne Hathaway
Lydia Wilson
Susanna Hall
Sean Foley
John Lane
Ian McKellen
Henry Wriothesley
Gerard Horan
Ben Johnson
Sam Ellis
Hamnet Shakespeare
Ben Elton
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Ted Gagliano
Producer
Tamar Thomas
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Laura Berwick
Executive Producer
Becca Kovacik
Executive Producer
Judy Hofflund
Executive Producer
Matthew Jenkins
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Zac Nicholson
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Critic Reviews for All Is True

All Critics (138) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (99) | Rotten (39)

  • It's almost like Shakespeare wrote this movie.

    September 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The movie's impressive appearance notwithstanding, Shakespeare's domestic problems do not a classic make.

    June 19, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Apart from fleeting pleasures, All Is True is mostly a goodie bag stuffed for Shakespeare completists.

    May 30, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • But mostly what "All is True" does is give viewers is a fresh look at Shakespeare, behind the guise, flaws and all. And if ever there was a man for that job, it's Branagh.

    May 24, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • "All is True" is expertly acted and handsomely filmed but suffers from an excess of sentimentality, a rash of revelations, and a surfeit of subtext, with characters blurting out the hidden motives for their behavior instead of simply behaving them.

    May 24, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • A fake schnoz significantly alters Branagh's appearance as the Bard of Avon, but his career-long interest in Shakespeare shines through.

    May 23, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for All Is True

  • Jan 10, 2020
    The screenplay feels a little too simplistic and predictable but Branagh is able to find enough emotionally compelling moments (i.e. the scene with Ian McKellen) so that the bittersweet ending is earned.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2019
    A gem of a movie as Branagh explores the most famous author of all time. He takes the Bard off the pedestal and examines the man behind the words. The ten minutes of repartee between Branagh and McKellen is the best ten minutes in a movie this year. Beautiful cinematography and music. (5-25-19)
    John C Super Reviewer

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