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Much Ado About Nothing Reviews

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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 21, 2013
Much Ado About Nothing is a delightfully spirited romp, filled with visual splendor, strong performances and flashes of post-modern absurdity.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 1, 2013
The movie swings along, with a grace denied to some of Whedon's grander projects ...
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Sheila O'Malley
Chicago Sun-Times
June 21, 2013
The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 21, 2013
This fast and loose independent production is enjoyable as a home movie, but not much more.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 20, 2013
Whedon finds unexpected meaning in this famously saucy "skirmish of wit," the opposites-attract story upon which myriad modern-day rom-coms have sprung.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 20, 2013
No matter what movie or television show he is making, Whedon is a master of wit, of clever wordplay that doesn't just entertain but crackles with knowing energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 20, 2013
Though Whedon's trimmed the play down, to make it an appropriate movie length, he's kept the dialogue intact, and the pleasure the cast gets in saying the lines is palpable.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 20, 2013
Much Ado About Nothing couldn't look more different than Branagh's traditional version, and yet its big-hearted spirit is equal to the task of celebrating a classic while highlighting the reasons to remake it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 20, 2013
Won't please every fan of the Bard (or "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), but ... could inspire a debate as lively as the play itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 20, 2013
It's like watching a gang of talented people put on a show in a friend's back yard. Which it is, actually.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 20, 2013
Finally! A romantic comedy that works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
June 20, 2013
Joss Whedon's take on Shakespeare's classic tale is swanky, sexy and sophisticated, as bracing as a dry martini poured from a silver shaker on a summer night.
| Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 19, 2013
The most interesting aspect of Much Ado about Nothing is that it illustrates Whedon's ability to make a movie that relies exclusively on performances and dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Posner
Globe and Mail
June 14, 2013
Whedon's Ado is a parlour version of the play, shot in black and white, with documentary intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
June 13, 2013
Rarely has wisdom been more joyous than in this supple contemporary version of William Shakespeare's seminal comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 13, 2013
Everyone acquits him or herself charmingly, and with a deep appreciation for why Shakespeare travels well, and in defiance of those who would dismiss him as dusty. The fact is, he's writing about us. It's as simple as that, and Whedon well knows it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 7, 2013
I enjoyed Whedon's film both as a species of stunt and also as a legitimately entertaining entry in the voluminous Shakespeare adaptation sweepstakes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 7, 2013
It's a slight but smart, sweet but guiltless celebration. Kind of like what making it must have been for a director exhausted from months of wrangling a herd of superheroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 6, 2013
This Much Ado About Nothing-while perhaps not an adaptation for the ages in every respect-is as bracingly effervescent as picnic champagne.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 6, 2013
Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" is both a palate cleanser for the director and a small but savory treat for Shakespeare-starved audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 6, 2013
It definitely possesses that Whedon-esque nerdy energy, fizzing with humor, eroticism, booze and more than a hint of danger.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 6, 2013
The joyous spirit of the play has been preserved in this modest, homegrown production.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 6, 2013
Whedon, without skimping on the tale's tragic undercurrents, has crafted an irresistible blend of mirth and malice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
June 6, 2013
A host of Whedon veterans puts on one of the funniest Shakespeare films in ages.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
June 6, 2013
Call it a Shakespearean catharsis or just call it a lark -- either way, the movie represents Whedon's least essential work, regardless of the material's inherent comedic inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 6, 2013
"Much Ado About Nothing" is an absolute delight, as merry as the day is long.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 6, 2013
Joss Whedon's fresh and cheeky adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing" is a minor miracle - the first filmed Shakespeare comedy in decades that's actually funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 6, 2013
From its very first scenes, Mr. Whedon's film crackles with a busy, slightly wayward energy that recalls the classic romantic sparring of the studio era.
| Original Score: 5/5
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
June 6, 2013
The performances are strong enough ... to almost completely compensate for the tossed-off nature of the movie, which basically amounts to a bunch of close friends getting together to stage a reading.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
June 5, 2013
Moviegoers will likely have few better options this summer for a good romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Karen D'Souza
San Jose Mercury News
June 5, 2013
A slick, postmodern "Much Ado" that delights so much it's very nearly as you like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
June 5, 2013
The film isn't as fast and funny as it could be, although Nathan Fillion's easily offended constable injects some sorely needed comic relief. Still, give Whedon credit for trying to expose his Comic-Con fan base to a different kind of Hero.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 4, 2013
The movie feels like too much of a lark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
June 4, 2013
With its interrogations of gender, feminism, and marriage, Shakespeare's comedy is an apt vehicle for Whedon's own storytelling agenda.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 3, 2013
While Acker successfully portrays a woman too smart and too strong to be shoved to the altar, Denisof never matches her fire. Without a Benedick that is up to her level, the inequity between the leads sinks the movie.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 27, 2013
I'd be pressed to imagine a more sure-footed Much Ado. When Shakespeare's done right, you can't imagine him ever being done wrong. The clarity is blinding.
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September 10, 2012
A project this simple would be nowhere without the actors, and Whedon gets fine work out of just about everybody.