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Love's Labour's Lost Reviews

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Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 10, 2001
One might as well be watching Lawrence Welk reruns.
June 15, 2001
Making a glitzy, old-school 1930's movie musical out of the Bard's silliest work is exactly the kind of thing that a studio wouldn't do in a million years...
Full Review| Original Score: 4.5
Prairie Miller
filmgazette.com
April 9, 2001
If you suspend disbelief and just go with the weirded out flow of things, it's a bit like, well, Shakespeare on acid.
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
April 3, 2001
Musicals like this are the reason we don't see more musicals.
| Original Score: 55/100
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Even though Love's Labour's Lost is, in showbiz terms, a turkey stuffed with chestnuts, you wouldn't trade it for a pot of gold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Flaws (most of which are minor) aside, Love's Labour's Lost is an enjoyable trifle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's so escapist it escapes even from itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Everybody in Love's Labour's Lost tries so hard to please, they frequently lose track of the matter at hand, to say nothing of the dialogue.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Each player ends up performing in a different play.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ben Varkentine
PopMatters
January 1, 2000
This film is colorful and flighty and insubstantial and sentimental, and exults in it.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 1, 2000
Though the tunes of Gershwin, Porter, Kern and Berlin on display here are great too, their mere presence can't overcome the problems of adaptation, casting and direction that mar the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
A wonderful film, an absolute delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
A double travesty -- a triple one, actually, if you consider the quality of the singing and dancing.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
January 1, 2000
I'm all for people attempting to make Shakespeare more accessible to the masses, but I draw the line at Love's Labour's Lost.
| Original Score: 3/10
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
Both a paean to lyric poetry and Hollywood's fondly remembered theatrically-set musical burlesques, LLL is quite audacious for its bubbly lightheadedness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
A film of ingenious concepts put into practice with disappointing clumsiness.
| Original Score: 6/10
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Little makes much of an impression.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The effect is weird but it actually kind of works, illuminating both Shakespeare and the artifice of musicals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Max Messier
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Love's Labour's Lost falls into the category of an ingenious experiment gone horrible wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
The froth quickly curdles.
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