William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Reviews

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Don Groves
January 3, 2011
Pacino seeks his pound of flesh as a tragic outsider.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
July 10, 2009
The text is wonderful, Radford's film has some fine performances from Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes, and he makes good use of Venice locations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jordan Hiller
July 2, 2009
It is really a pleasure to watch a masterful actor like Al Pacino wring every nuance out of the multifarious character of Shylock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Julian Wood
FILMINK (Australia)
June 12, 2009
We see what an actor's actor Pacino can be: he's careful and watchful; respectful of other actors' timing; and says his lines perfectly, resisting all temptation to grandstand.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
June 5, 2009
A richly cinematic and robust rendition of Shakespeare's pre-political correctness play about the place of Jews in anti-Semitic 16th century Venice, Michael Radford's film takes delight in dramatics thus pulling us into the story.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
June 5, 2009
It has taken 5 years for Michael Radford's splendid interpretation of Shakespeare's play to come to Australia and it is worth the wait.
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David Rooney
July 4, 2008
Pacino is at least dynamic, something harder to say about the women in the cast.
July 4, 2008
It's the perfect cinematic vehicle -- or at least it would have been, if Radford's adaptation weren't so unremittingly cloddish.
Ron Reed
Christianity Today
October 11, 2006
Pacino shapes the role masterfully. He not only rises to the role's extremes of villainous melodrama, he fills them, rendering them both theatrical and believable
| Original Score: 4/4
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This is Al Pacino's show, and thankfully his Shylock is absorbing enough to carry the day.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
It veers from real conviction to panto, but Radford is clearly committed to the play's relevance, while Pacino, the Shakespeare addict, is a joy to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Manages to be a gripping and intriguing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 26, 2005
It tilts so far in one direction that the comic elements seem to come from another, lesser film.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
August 7, 2005
The screenplay is lean and powerful and the direction deft.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
June 16, 2005
Finally, a filmatic spectacle worthy of the Scribe...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
May 9, 2005
With a running time of over two hours, I was ready to pay with a pound of my flesh for The Merchant of Venice to close shop already.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 21, 2005
This rendition is hardly a freshman course.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
April 10, 2005
It remains an exercise of the head, not the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
April 8, 2005
Merchant of Venice is such a blatantly anti-Semitic work that a modernization seems imprudent.
| Original Score: 1/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
March 24, 2005
Shakespeare needs no special effects or short-sighted novelties. Michael Radford's straightforward telling of The Merchant of Venice does the great play justice.
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