Shakespeare in Love

1998, Romance/Comedy, 2h 2m

141 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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Endlessly witty, visually rapturous, and sweetly romantic, Shakespeare in Love is a delightful romantic comedy that succeeds on nearly every level. Read critic reviews

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"Shakespeare in Love" is a romantic comedy for the 1990s set in the 1590s. It imaginatively unfolds the witty, sexy and timeless tale behind the creation of the greatest love story ever told. A young Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is out of cash and ideas, he meets his ideal woman and she inspires him to write one of his most famous plays.

Cast & Crew

Joseph Fiennes
Will Shakespeare
Gwyneth Paltrow
Viola De Lesseps
Geoffrey Rush
Philip Henslowe
Judi Dench
Queen Elizabeth
Simon Callow
Tilney, Master of the Revels
Colin Firth
Lord Wessex
Ben Affleck
Ned Alleyn
Tom Wilkinson
Hugh Fennyman
Jim Carter
Ralph Bashford
Martin Clunes
Richard Burbage
Julie Goldstein
Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Stephen Warbeck
Original Music
Richard Greatrex
Cinematographer
David Gamble
Film Editing
Martin Childs
Production Design
Steven Lawrence
Art Director
Mark Raggett
Supervising Art Direction
Jill Quertier
Set Decoration
Sandy Powell
Costume Design
Humberto Cornejo
Costume Design
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  • Jun 29, 2017
    Show this to anyone who doubts Gwyneth Paltrow's acting ability. She is luminous in Shakespeare in Love, and Joseph Fiennes brilliantly portrays the erratic but genius playwright. Their chemistry is on fire. The film wisely balances respect for the Bard and his writing while never allowing the film to distance itself from casual mainstream viewers. This is due largely to the absolutely hilarious script. It spikes with sharp humor and the ensemble delivers it with aplomb. But what is so cheering about the film is its celebration of historical theatre and the impact it had on those who lived during Shakespeare's time. It is a bittersweet and lovely delight. Rating: 88
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    Shakespeare in Love is not an all-time great film. It is not a terribly serious film and ought not to be criticized as if it pretended to be. Shakespeare in Love is fun, sentimental, and an enjoyable view. It has many faults and none of them are important. With romance, after all, one has to be forgiving!
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2014
    Shakespeare in Love is a film that I really wanted to enjoy, but I simply didn't get into it. For me, it's a mediocre film, one that fails to really grab your attention and it really should have been something great. However this is a film that is killed by the hype, and watching this, I simply didn't understand its grandeur or reasons why it's superb cinema. Before I get flack for my review. I consider films like Lawrence of Arabia, Gone with the Wind, the Godfather to be great cinema. Not this. But that's my opinion. Shakespeare in Love felt like it just strived to please the board of the Academy, and it sure did, as it's your typical Oscar Bait film. I usually enjoy films such as this, but like I said, the film didn't grab my attention, I felt that there was something lacking in the film to really make it memorable. The cast did do a fine job in what they brought to the screen, but the film just tries far too hard to impress that it just ends up underwhelming. I felt that it didn't warrant an Oscar win, as there were far better films to win than this. Saving Private Ryan should have won, because it's a far superior, more emotional film, and one that is captivating from the first frame onwards. This on the other hand just feels tiresome in the long run, a film that is tedious and tries far too hard at grabbing your attention, and in doing so, you lose interest, and a film like this should have grabbed your attention effortlessly. But everything feels overdone, and it ends being a film that doesn't satisfy.
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  • Jan 06, 2013
    Shakespeare on Hollywood steroids.
    Ed K Super Reviewer

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