All Is True (2018)


Critic Consensus: Impressively cast and beautifully filmed, All Is True takes an elegaic look at Shakespeare's final days.


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The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and 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 relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.


Kenneth Branagh
as William Shakespeare
Ian McKellen
as Henry Wriothesley
Judi Dench
as Anne Hathaway
Kathryn Wilder
as Judith Shakespeare

Critic Reviews for All Is True

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (8)

Slowly, as the thematic center of the film begins to take shape, so does Branagh's character - and in those moments the audience is treated to what amounts to nothing short of a Christmas gift for any Anglophile or Shakespeare lover.

Dec 21, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Forget all of it being true; I would have settled for some of it being interesting.

Dec 21, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A serviceable take on the Bard's latter days.

Dec 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Alas, rather than model itself on Shakespeare's own history plays, which carefully select and structure events with an eye toward plot and theme, All Is True is an overstuffed mess.

Dec 21, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

All Is True is sentimental, theatrical, likable - and unfashionable.

Dec 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The result is a revisionist fiasco, too dense with Shakespeare allusions for casual moviegoers, and too fast and loose with the facts for those who know a thing or two about the man.

Dec 21, 2018 | Full Review…
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