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.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 24, 2005
Radford preserves the mechanics of the plot, but also offers us heroes who are as flawed as the nominal villain, if not more so
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 17, 2005
Radford's adaptation admirably captures the inherent and troubling contradictions of the play, and turns them into great, thought-provoking drama.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric D. Snider
March 13, 2005
The Merchant of Venice is a not a perfect play, but it is a good one. And the same can be said for Radford's version of it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
March 10, 2005
Radford has rendered off the comedy to find the dramatic skeleton underneath. It is an approach that works stunningly well and is perhaps the only way the play can now be done.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 4, 2005
Merchant isn't perfect; it's torn in too many directions. But Radford's film is about as good as one could hope for.
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
March 4, 2005
Pacino's performance creates a bridge over the language barrier that is the film's saving grace ... and Radford expertly adapts the language to full cinematic potential.
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