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

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
December 29, 2004
Intriguing but ultimately unfulfilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
April 10, 2005
It remains an exercise of the head, not the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 3, 2005
This tragicomic classic isn't effective either as a comedy or a tragedy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
December 30, 2004
Connects so emotionally glancingly as to leave you questioning your admiration for and faith in the source material.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
December 7, 2004
Transforms Shakespeare's most complex works into a morass of paralyzing drudgery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
December 12, 2004
Radford has made a grim drama with some incomprehensible moments of failed levity.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 31, 2004
Setting an historical fact in opening subtitles...may prepare the audience for what many view as an anti-Semitic work, but it does not address the play's tonal disjointedness
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 5, 2005
A solid production that tries to overcome as best as it can its flaws, which include its anti-Semitic caricature of the Shylock.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 29, 2004
An uneasy blend of tragedy, comedy and anti-Semitism.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 29, 2004
Left us all weary, begging for a rest.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
John Anderson
December 29, 2004
Shylock, Portia, money-lending and betrayal get a little too much help from director Michael Radford.
| Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
March 5, 2005
What an odd accident of fate --and sad collision of dietary demands-- that the stage's most famous Jew would wind up being played so wonderfully by film's most delicious ham.
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Phil Hall
Film Threat
November 18, 2004
Not only is this the worst film of the year, but it is also the worst Shakespeare film ever made.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
Top Critic
Lawrence B. Johnson
Detroit News
February 18, 2005
Pacino's stentorian delivery and punctuating hands are almost parodistic, as likely to draw a chuckle as to elicit empathy.
| Original Score: C+
Shawn Levy
February 25, 2005
It lacks the heat and suppleness of the best Shakespeare on film.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 18, 2005
The opening disclaimer suggests that 'intolerance of the Jews' is something the world has outgrown, rather than an attitude that continues to be exploited...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
January 29, 2005
A production that is already long on atmosphere but short on passion and pain.
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
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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.
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