Much Ado About Nothing - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Much Ado About Nothing Reviews

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July 1, 2013
The movie swings along, with a grace denied to some of Whedon's grander projects ...
June 28, 2013
The film's biggest problem is that its Beatrice, played with spunk and spark by Amy Acker, is far more engaging and enchanting than its Benedick.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 27, 2013
The DIY quality is very much part of what makes it charming, and makes it possible to agree to overlook some of the dodgier missteps of acting or staging.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
June 27, 2013
In setting and tone, Much Ado manages to smoothly present a contemporary vision of the play's original setting of wealth and ease -- this is how the better, effortlessly hipper, half lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.2/10
June 23, 2013
Nothing revolutionary here, and one could make a pretty strong argument that this film exists so Whedon and his actors could have a weekend in a scenic cottage and get drunk together. But it's never self-indulgent. It's just here to have a good time.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 22, 2013
Whedon adapts William Shakespeare's feather-light comedy into a bubbly cocktail party of a movie - and gives his stable of regular actors some of the Bard's meatiest dialogue on which to chew.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 21, 2013
OK, Marvel fan boys. I reluctantly sat through 'The Avengers,' now it's your turn to reciprocate by seeing a more erudite offering from your sainted Joss Whedon.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 21, 2013
It doesn't feel like you're watching Shakespeare, but like you're spying on personal moments between friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 21, 2013
The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 21, 2013
I respected this version more than I necessarily enjoyed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 21, 2013
If you are a Joss Whedon fan, you won't want to miss this! If you're a Shakespeare fan, you won't want to miss this! If you like good movies, you won't want to miss this! In other words, you won't want to miss this!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 21, 2013
With so many cast members pulled from Whedon's various television series, it's hard not to view it as a weekend acting retreat for veterans of geek TV.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 21, 2013
This fast and loose independent production is enjoyable as a home movie, but not much more.
June 21, 2013
As in many of Shakespeare's comedies, dark moments mark the dramatic action midway through Much Ado About Nothing. But Whedon brings the proceedings back to boisterous life in the last act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 21, 2013
Whedon and Cole have managed to accomplish a feat most filmmakers wouldn't even try --- and, in black and white.
June 21, 2013
Even if thou dost not much care for Will Shakespeare's style, methinks The Bard himself would approve mightily of this paean to his comedic work, "Much Ado About Nothing".
June 21, 2013
A delightful mix of the modern and the Elizabethan, a sort of do-it-yourself re-imagination of a true comic classic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 21, 2013
There's no fire, and where their lines should ricochet with wit, they just spill forth, affably.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 21, 2013
The spotlight on the text poses a problem ... in that only a few of the actors are a match for the language.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 20, 2013
Much Ado About Nothing is a small-scale but immensely satisfying treat, and one of the most infectiously enjoyable Shakespeare films in living memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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