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Much Ado About Nothing (2013)



Critic Consensus: Lighthearted to a fault, Much Ado About Nothing's giddy energy and intimate charm make for an entertaining romantic comedy -- and a Shakespearean adaptation that's hard to resist.

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Shakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's film, "Much Ado About Nothing". Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love. (c) Roadside Attractions
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Amy Acker
as Beatrice
Alexis Denisof
as Benedick
Clark Gregg
as Leonato
Reed Diamond
as Don Pedro
Fran Kranz
as Claudio
Nathan Fillion
as Dogberry
Sean Maher
as Don John
Riki Lindhome
as Conrade
Tom Lenk
as Verges
Ashley Johnson
as Margaret
Emma Bates
as Ursula
Joshua Zar
as Leonato's aide
Nick Kocher
as First Watchman
Brian McElhaney
as Second Watchman
Paul Meston
as Friar Francis
Romy Rosemont
as Sexton
Elsa Guillet-Chapuis
as The Photographer
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Critic Reviews for Much Ado About Nothing

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (39)

Much Ado About Nothing is a delightfully spirited romp, filled with visual splendor, strong performances and flashes of post-modern absurdity.

Full Review… | August 21, 2013
USA Today
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The movie swings along, with a grace denied to some of Whedon's grander projects ...

Full Review… | July 1, 2013
New Yorker
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The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end.

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
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This fast and loose independent production is enjoyable as a home movie, but not much more.

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
Chicago Reader
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A delightful mix of the modern and the Elizabethan, a sort of do-it-yourself re-imagination of a true comic classic.

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
Detroit News
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There's no fire, and where their lines should ricochet with wit, they just spill forth, affably.

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Audience Reviews for Much Ado About Nothing

If you dislike Shakespeare or are unfamiliar with the story then stay away from this film.

Gregory Dark
Gregory Dark

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I'm no Shakespeare aficionado. Save for high school reading and the stellar works of Kenneth Branagh, my exposure has been limited do to my finding a lot of the Bard's work unintelligible. But that didn't stop me from really enjoying "Much Ado About Nothing" and Joss Whedon's fresh, revisionist take. I've always found Shakespeare more palatable on the screen than page... so Whedon's light tone, snappy, jazzy rhythms and all around accessibility was right up my alley. The movie is also really funny. The cast (mainly Whedon regulars) was uniformly great, and at least half of the film's fun comes from them trying to deliver such lines in a not so theatrical way, while inhabiting such an idiosyncratic setting. The contemporary backdrop (Whedon's real home) really works here, and never distracts. It's actually why this "Much Ado" is so entertaining and so damn charming. Make no mistake, this is a minor film; and one that will leave viewers seeking out the next movie from the guy who directed The Avengers baffled. But it is also a fine entertainment and an adaptation for people who don't like Shakespeare and his enthusiasts alike.

Michael S
Michael S

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I enjoyed it but I found it a bit hard to relate what was being said with the actual action. I would've preferred that they had adapted the dialogue as well. Good movie otherwise.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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