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Based on 37 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Whedon, without skimping on the tale’s tragic undercurrents, has crafted an irresistible blend of mirth and malice. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Even if snorkeling wasn't a major sport in 16th-century Sicily, where the action was originally set, the joyous spirit of the play has been preserved in this modest, homegrown production. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    An absolute delight, as merry as the day is long. show more

  • 80
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    More than most adaptations, this is a film true to Shakespeare's practice of employing all means at hand to keep the crowd entertained. show more

  • 100
    Sheila O'Malley

    Would the magic hold? The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end. show more

  • 100
    Nell Minow Chicago Sun-Times

    Joss Whedon’s take on Shakespeare’s classic tale is swanky, sexy and sophisticated, as bracing as a dry martini poured from a silver shaker on a summer night. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Finally! A romantic comedy that works. And not just because of Shakespeare. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    The first filmed Shakespeare comedy in decades that’s actually funny. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing is just about the sloppiest Shakespeare ever put on the screen. It may also be the most exhilarating — a profound trifle that reminds you how close Shakespeare’s comedies verge on darkness before pirouetting back into the light. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Whedon has made the Bard accessible and that achievement places him alongside Branagh in the exclusive club of directors who can handle both superheroes and Shakespeare effectively. show more

  • October 05, 2013 fo00000000166105
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    Unless you are a Shakespere fan, I wouldn\'t recommend this movie. I actually love watching Shakespere theatre however I was bored to death during this movie. Didn\'t like the movie in black and white which didn\'t offer authenticity to the movie either. I do give it 2 stars for the quality of actors.

  • July 20, 2013 rtcerto
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    This was a great adaptation of this Shakespeare classic. Even people who do not like Shakespeare will enjoy this performance. Every actor is perfectly cast and their performances are superb. I will go to see it again before it leaves town.

  • July 11, 2013 Susi
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    While I am not a Shakespearean buff, I found this movie to be an admirable adaptation in its modernistic approach to this classic. The comedic conflict between genders as they relate to marriage is reflected in wonderful performances by the cast. Loved it!

  • July 03, 2013 rna860
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    Loved it....and loved my college Shakespeare course...

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