Shakespeare in Love Reviews

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December 18, 2018
In a little more than two hours, director John Madden, screenwriters Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard and a terrific cast and crew accomplish the miraculous.
February 16, 2016
There is plenty to be thrilled about.
March 17, 2015
Sometimes it's the small things that provide the biggest delights. That's certainly the case with Shakespeare in Love, a tongue-in-cheek romance about the greatest romance ever written.
February 11, 2014
[An] inordinately clever, sprightly romantic comedy.
February 11, 2014
It restores to centrality of consciousness one of the great geniuses of our civilization. It makes us care for his greatness, for his passion, for his worth. In no uncertain terms, it tells us Willie Boy is still here.
February 11, 2014
Scene after scene engages us as cheerful groundlings, tosses us jokes, toys with our expectations, then sweeps away the boundaries between film and stage, comedy and tragedy so we're open to the power of language and the feelings behind it.
February 11, 2014
A triumph of talent and style over silliness.
February 11, 2014
Hilarious, sexy, clever, playful and as initially teasing as it is ultimately satisfying.
February 11, 2014
I just wish that the script wasn't so insistent on showing off. Shakespeare, even when he kowtowed to the peasants, knew when to quit.
February 11, 2014
Shakespeare In Love delivers the goods, if the goods you're in the market for happen to be a clever romance concerning William Shakespeare that's unlikely to cause anyone to reassess their notions of Shakespeare, romance, or enjoyment.
February 11, 2014
You can't miss with a movie that speaks the language of love with such hotblooded delight. And in iambic pentameter, too.
February 11, 2014
In addition to Fiennes, who does a star-making job here, and the radiant Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love teems with wonderful performances.
February 11, 2014
Sniping at what's already been celebrated as a major national triumph always looks not-quite-cricket, but Madden's film is transparently one of those things that the British Do So Well, and the Americans fund so handsomely.
February 24, 2013
A ripely emotional comedy-fantasia.
February 20, 2008
Accessible, entertaining and fun for modern audiences. Exquisitely acted, tightly directed and impressively assembled, this lively period piece is the kind of arty gem with potentially broad appeal that Miramax certainly knows how to sell.
September 1, 2007
Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard have written one of the year's smartest scripts, and Mrs. Brown director John Madden gets a chance to show a funny side that's previously been submerged.
February 5, 2007
It's easy to suspend disbelief and embrace this historically creative fiction, whose clever relationship to what's known and what's unresolved is part of what makes it so intriguing and so romantic.
June 24, 2006
It's Tom Stoppard's witty, intelligent script which proves so satisfying.
July 21, 2005
It's a literary burlesque, remarkably clever and quick on its feet. It is ardently romantic but is at its best when it is funny. And it's funny.
March 16, 2004
Glowing with the incandescence of a true movie star, the magnificent Gwyneth illuminates this entire, many-splendored production.
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