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, 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

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  • The movie's impressive appearance notwithstanding, Shakespeare's domestic problems do not a classic make.

    Jun 18, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | 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
    Top Critic
  • 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…
  • In All Is True Branagh and Elton do what the Bard did himself: take something-be it someone else's idea, an historical fact, or a recent event-and mash it up with original material, to fashion an entertainment that feels real.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, it's a bit on-the-nose, and the disconnect between Shakespeare's genius for character and his befuddled attempts at personal relationships makes for a man too bifurcated to believe, as if the fire that gutted the Globe also burned his brain.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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  • 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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