A Midsummer Night's Dream
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It all begins when Hermia and Lysander flee deep into the forest to escape Hermia's father, Egeus, who wishes Hermia to marry Demetrius. Demetrius himself bicycles into the woods to follow his true love Hermia. Demetrius is soon followed by yet another desperate lover: Helena, who adores Demetrius but finds her affections dreadfully unrequited. Crashing and flailing, and falling into mud puddles, the foursome find themselves near the secret home of the fairies, where water nymphs and satyrs party into the night at the fairy bars and cafes. Chaos ensues when the trickster Puck (Stanley… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I remain skeptical about the ability of even the best American actors to read Shakespeare's lines without giving the impression that they are enduring very painful cultural root canal work."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The film is never a chore to watch, but others have done better by the Bard."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"What fools these mortals be -- especially anyone who passes up Michael Hoffman's highly entertaining version of Shakespeare's famous comedy."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Bathed in sunshine, stardust and star power, this 'Dream' should be required viewing for anyone who insists Shakespeare is stuffy and dull. ...this is Shakespeare for the masses."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"It's a wildly entertaining romp that should delight fans of this year's Oscar-winner Shakespeare in Love."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"Injecting the film with fun and pathos, Kline makes a superb Bottom; it's his play and he acts it to the hilt."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Unfortunately, despite the wonderful locations, sets, costumes, and strong acting, this adaptation has a strange lack of magic or chemistry between players."
‑ Paul Clinton (CNN.com), CNN.com
"Sumptuous version, both earthy and enchanted."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It has fun and makes you laugh."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"As a movie, unfortunately, it doesn't quite jive."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
"If there is sacrilege afoot, I'm not enough of a scholar to spot it."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Hoffman charts a middle course, and travels it quite well -- his version is neither as elaborately baroque as Max Reinhardt's 1935 film treatment nor as starkly sexual as Peter Brooks's celebrated 1970 staging."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Your high school English teacher would approve, and parts are terrifically enjoyable."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The execution of the Bard's comic work is less than sparkling."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"What joy to hear an entire film audience roar with glee at Moonshine, Lion and Wall."
‑ Jim Shelby, Palo Alto Weekly
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