Twelfth Night 1998

Twelfth Night

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Director Trevor Nunn makes some questionable choices, but his stellar cast -- which includes Helena Bonham-Carter, Ben Kingsley, and Nigel Hawthorne -- more than rises to the material.

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A shipwreck separates Viola (Imogen Stubbs) from her twin brother, Sebastian (Steven Mackintosh). Believing him to be dead, Viola disguises herself as a boy and goes to work for Duke Orsino (Toby Stephens), whom she loves. The object of the duke's heart, Olivia (Helena Bonham Carter), does not reciprocate his feelings -- however, she falls madly for Viola, whose true gender she doesn't know. Meanwhile, Olivia's uncle, Sir Toby (Mel Smith), manipulates all of their entangled relationships.

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Critic Reviews for Twelfth Night

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (8)

Audience Reviews for Twelfth Night

  • Oct 08, 2015
    Twelfth Night is passable. While some of the performances are a bit silly, nothing about the film is terrible. Rather the problem is that the parts are not played with much harmony. However, Helena Bonham Carter's acting, as always, is delectable.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 07, 2012
    Okay passable Shakespeare like the type that you are usually forced to endure in a high school class but don't remember well beyond the exam on the subject.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2009
    I really enjoyied this adaptation. It was much more fun. I just really thought it was great!
    Marion R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2007
    Light-hearted Shakespeare just as it should be. Pretty much perfectly cast with each actor hitting all the right notes. Still like with most Shakespeare it will never match up to its source material but at least it goes for a fair balance between the theatrical and the cinematic.
    Luke B Super Reviewer

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