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

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Reviews

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December 29, 2004
Intriguing but ultimately unfulfilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 10, 2005
It remains an exercise of the head, not the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 3, 2005
This tragicomic classic isn't effective either as a comedy or a tragedy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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
December 7, 2004
Transforms Shakespeare's most complex works into a morass of paralyzing drudgery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 12, 2004
Radford has made a grim drama with some incomprehensible moments of failed levity.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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+
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+
December 29, 2004
An uneasy blend of tragedy, comedy and anti-Semitism.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 29, 2004
Left us all weary, begging for a rest.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 29, 2004
Shylock, Portia, money-lending and betrayal get a little too much help from director Michael Radford.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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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November 18, 2004
Not only is this the worst film of the year, but it is also the worst Shakespeare film ever made.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/5
February 18, 2005
Pacino's stentorian delivery and punctuating hands are almost parodistic, as likely to draw a chuckle as to elicit empathy.
Read More | Original Score: C+
February 25, 2005
It lacks the heat and suppleness of the best Shakespeare on film.
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...
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 29, 2005
A production that is already long on atmosphere but short on passion and pain.
April 8, 2005
Merchant of Venice is such a blatantly anti-Semitic work that a modernization seems imprudent.
| Original Score: 1/4
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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