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Based on 29 Reviews
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  • 40
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Branagh's take on the play comes right up to the edge of disaster but stubbornly refuses to leap in. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A stink bomb of a movie. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Even at its best, the movie plays like a clip reel. show more

  • 50
    Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer

    Has its moments of charm, but it's ultimately a fascinating failure that surely looked better on paper than it does on the screen. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The leaden bits do bring the proceedings to a screeching halt too many times, but the costumes are breathtaking, and the details (like color-coordinated martinis) are dazzling. show more

  • 68
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    A trifle of a farce fashioned into a '30s musical that gaily trips as much as it lightly skips, but nonetheless marks a welcome return to form. show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Branagh and Love's Labour's Lost all but will themselves into liftoff. They achieve it, and in doing so, they somehow make it right to our pleasure centers with their generous embrace of stardust and pizazz. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There's not a song I wouldn't hear again with pleasure, or a clip that might not make me smile, but as a whole, it's not much. Like cotton candy, it's better as a concept than as an experience. show more

  • 63
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Branagh's attempt to meld Shakespeare's densely verbal early comedy with Broadway show tunes fails, thanks to stunt casting, poor singing and dancing, and the incompatibility of the two art forms. show more

  • 63
    G. Allen Johnson San Francisco Examiner

    The writer-director has come up with a sumptuous, happy piece of fluff. show more

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