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Based on 38 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Expertly directed by Richard Eyre (Iris) from Jeffrey Hatcher's play, the film is bawdy fun. show more

  • 50
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    The film rarely matches Crudup's performance, appearing confused itself about whether it's farce or drama. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Beauty is about two-thirds the serious-edged romp it would like to be, which still leaves a lot of room for tony fun. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Over-orchestrated and underdeveloped interpretation of Jeffrey Hatcher's play. show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    It's not as clever, or as consistently funny, or as well-cast as "Shakespeare in Love," but Richard Eyre's Stage Beauty is the most fun I've had with the Bard since that 1998 Oscar winner. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Those who thought "Shakespeare In Love" was as good as it gets in intelligent costume romantic comedy will find that director Richard Eyre and writer Jeffrey Hatcher have taken the form to a higher level. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A rich, shining valentine to the British theater and the eternal joys of Shakespeare, show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Claire Danes is as fresh as running water in this role, exhibiting the clarity and directness that has become her strength; her characters tend to know who they are, and why. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    In the popularity sweepstakes, Stage Beauty may earn top honors, outdoing the overrated "Shakespeare in Love" as a dramatic comedy about life and love in an era more naive - but hardly more innocent - than our own. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Has a weird, compelling energy, fueled by a deliciously dynamic cast, a cheerfully bawdy and odd story line and a refreshing, impossible romance. show more

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