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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The film itself occasionally plods, but Pacino, tackling a tough trap of a role, raises the bar in a mesmerizing acting triumph. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    An exceptional example of Shakespeare on film. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Given the story's focus on religion and the intolerance that still rages in today's world, The Merchant of Venice remains deeply meaningful. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Collins and Pacino plumb the depths of acting, of Shakespeare, of the difference between law and justice. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Taking one's pound of flesh and having it, too, leads to a queasy comedy in which Pacino burns a hole in the screen while the frivolity around him sputters. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Pacino gives a keenly measured performance, leading an excellent British cast through their paces in a richly colorful production that should please selective audiences and adds to the list of major film adaptations of Shakespeare's work. show more

  • 100
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A lean, stripped-down and unapologetically cinematic take on Shakespeare's work, an adaptation designed at each turn to diminish the mechanics of the comedy and to explore the depths of the pathos. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It has greatness in moments, and is denied greatness overall only because it is such a peculiar construction; watching it is like channel-surfing between a teen romance and a dark abysm of loss and grief. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    An important, timeless and sometimes troublesome classic has been filmed successfully and at long last. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The reason to see The Merchant of Venice is Al Pacino. show more

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