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Looking for Richard Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 3, 2008
This runs 118 minutes, but it felt like six or seven hours.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 6, 2003
At the end you expect Al Pacino to cry, 'A point! A point! My kingdom for a point!'
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 10, 2012
An energetic but unsatisfying behind the scenes account of actors dress rehearsing or in street clothes rehearsing to do the Shakespeare play Richard III.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
It's ironic that the movie is done in by what you'd expect to be the high point: the performance segments that dominate the final third.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
The last half-hour drags.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Douglas Pratt
June 15, 2007
The film is sloppily pieced together, as Pacino appears unsure of exactly what he wants to achieve.
| Original Score: 2/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
If a bigshot thespian like Al Pacino is having such a hard time with the text, what hope is there for the rest of us?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
While there's no harm in attempting to make Shakespeare more accessible, it's hard to imagine this film exciting anyone except Pacino's fans and those who are fatally charmed by celebrity actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
It is a noble goal Pacino has set for himself, but there is something inherently contradictory about the way he has chosen to go about achieving it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Having chosen to be actors, they know they cannot respect their craft without embracing its greatest writer. Having chosen to be readers and viewers, we cannot do less, and this film is a delightful inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Looking for Richard is unlike any previous adaptation of the Bard's work, and that's reason enough to give it a shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
It is Pacino's point of view that today's actors are the inheritors of a grand tradition of acting and drama, the centerpiece of which is the contribution of William Shakespeare.
Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 19, 2006
It's a true labor of love and one of the high points in his distinguished career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Pacino's first film as writer/director is a marvellously intelligent, witty and imaginative exploration of the problems faced by anyone wishing to act in Shakespeare or translate the plays to film.
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Looking for Richard will undoubtedly live forever in English Lit classes, but in the classroom it won't captivate quite the way it does on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
A thrill, for the Shakespearean novice and expert alike.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 12, 2004
Fascinating and ingenius.
| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Kids seeing this film first may well end up with a better understanding of the Bard's work.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 25, 2005
A crowd-pleasing exploration of Shakespeare's most melodramatic potboiler.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
June 25, 2007
A first-rate study of a famous actor coming to grips with a world-class challenge.
| Original Score: 84/100

Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2000
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