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Michael Rubbo's sublimely entertaining documentary, MUCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING, investigates the premise that the plays and sonnets of William Shakespeare were actually written by Christopher Marlowe. Relying on the expert testimony of historians, academics, and others, Rubbo builds his case carefully. He finds a cult-like group of Shakespeare debunkers who worship at the altar of Marlowe. Their proselytizing, corroborated by less biased witnesses, establishes that Marlowe was a brilliant student and a fine dramatist. Then, in the film's most compelling section, Rubbo examines… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Has enough wit, energy and geniality to please not only the fanatical adherents on either side, but also people who know nothing about the subject and think they're not interested."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Rubbo's humorously tendentious intervention into the who-wrote-Shakespeare controversy."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"An utterly compelling 'who wrote it' in which the reputation of the most famous author who ever lived comes into question."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Icon-bashing has never been as amusing as it is in Michael Rubbo's documentary Much Ado About Something."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"While there's likely very little crossover appeal to those without much interest in the Elizabethans (as well as rank frustration from those in the know about Rubbo's dumbed-down tactics), Much Ado About Something is an amicable endeavor."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp,
"An entertaining documentary that freshly considers arguments the Bard's immortal plays were written by somebody else."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"This documentary traces with a giddy temperament the search for the "real" Shakespeare."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Rubbo runs through a remarkable amount of material in the film's short 90 minutes."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Granted, much of the Marlovian argument is patently ridiculous (was Ben Johnson really part of a massive cover-up?) but it's good fun."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The material couldn't possibly be more engaging, the implications of a "by Marlowe" verdict positively earth-shattering."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
" inviting piece of film."
‑ Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"It's about the capacity and zeal of people who have found a cause that overwhelms their lives while making their eyes light up with joy. We should all have such passion."
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"All right, it's far-fetched. But it's fun to think about, and Rubbo makes a merry case. Will the real Bard of Avon please stand up?"
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"A fascinating literary mystery story with multiple strands about the controversy of who really wrote Shakespeare's plays."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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