In the Bleak Midwinter (A Midwinter's Tale) Reviews

March 26, 2009
This small-scale, putatively comic meditation on the anxieties and joys of the theatrical life says nothing fresh about the artistic process and manages to be coy and grating in doing so.
June 24, 2006
A palpable hit.
August 30, 2004
A Midwinter's Tale" packs together so many characters and ideas that they crowd one another out, leaving enough room for plenty of chuckles but none for belly laughs.
January 1, 2000
Populated mostly with unfamiliar faces and photographed in black and white, it's like one of those 1950s British comedies that assumed the audience was paying attention. It's about characters and dialogue.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
Looked at coldly, as a piece of entertainment, it clearly doesn't satisfy. But as a personal statement from writer-director Kenneth Branagh, the film still isn't good . . . but it's interesting.
January 1, 2000
There are so many laughs here, so much theatrical temperament on display, that you can't help but embrace the picture, even with its obvious flaws.
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
[An] inoffensive trifle.