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Based on 7 Reviews
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  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    These SoCal kids are passionate about their craft and it shows in their renditions of the famous bard's work. show more

  • 50
    New York Post

    Stage performance is good training for life, claims this documentary about a high school Shakespeare competition. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Unless you really dig "Glee"-level displays of high-school drama geekery, you and your date may want to quickly exeunt. show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    If Shakespeare High lacks the tightness and emotional tension a competition doc needs to take off, we get to know enough of these preternaturally self-assured kids to care about what happens to them beyond the finals. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Performing Shakespeare can save children's lives. That is the persuasive argument of Alex Rotaru's documentary Shakespeare High, an inspiring, if too short and overcrowded, examination of the competition among high schools at the 90th annual Drama Teachers Association of Southern California Shakespeare Festival. show more

  • 60
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    It's impossible not to root for these driven, high-spirited participants - and for the longevity of this invaluable program. show more

  • 50

    Alex Rotaru's very busy documentary focuses more on the kids' stories than on their work; considering how sensational some of them are, it's probably a strategic advantage. show more

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