Much Ado About Nothing Reviews

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May 12, 2015
It's a private party, for Whedon fans only.
July 17, 2013
The Elizabethan speech rarely totally flows, the modern setting jars and not all the actors convince. It's as slick as you'd expect, if not a little forgettable. A frothy passion project.
July 8, 2013
Though it's not terrible, neither is it terribly good.
June 21, 2013
This fast and loose independent production is enjoyable as a home movie, but not much more.
June 21, 2013
There's no fire, and where their lines should ricochet with wit, they just spill forth, affably.
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.
June 20, 2013
The more literal-minded medium of movies doesn't quite mesh 21st-century trappings with 15th-century references and titles. But effective actors can render these surface inconsistencies invisible, and there's the rub: They don't quite do it here.
June 20, 2013
With its gently improvised tone and random slapstick, it's more of an intriguing idea than a successful film. And it only hints at the play's romance, humour and emotion.
June 20, 2013
Whatever else happens in "Much Ado," we need to believe there's something between Beatrice and Benedick and, here, that something feels like nothing.
June 20, 2013
Their tongues tangled by declarations unbeknownst to them, much of the cast of Joss Whedon's Shakespeare adaptation struggles to suggest they connect to what they're saying.
June 14, 2013
Even in black and white, there is little contrast, no edge, no dagger of meaning, it's just a bunch of great actors getting all dressed up and putting on a show for those seeking romantic solace, and an earful of old words with a hint of wisdom.
June 13, 2013
Putting Much Ado into this Martha Stewart/Brooks Brothers world of tasteful furnishings and subdued upper-middle class suburban stylings is weirdly cramped and claustrophobic.
June 13, 2013
... too often feels like a calculated and ill-conceived exercise.
June 9, 2013
The high-concept enterprise, which uses Shakespeare's original language, never justifies its existence.
June 7, 2013
These kids know the words, but not the music.
June 7, 2013
It's a delight for Whedonites, but -- I'm sorry to say -- a rather mediocre production of Shakespeare.
June 7, 2013
This inept modern-day version of the classic Shakespearian comedy comes across as too contrived.
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.
June 5, 2013
Acker might as well be pitted against a body pillow, so shapeless and soft is Denisoff's presence.
June 4, 2013
The movie feels like too much of a lark.
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