In the Bleak Midwinter (A Midwinter's Tale)
In the Bleak Midwinter (A Midwinter's Tale) (1996)

When his professional career hits a lull, an actor attempts to revitalize his career by staging a production of Hamlet, directed by and starring himself. Director and star Kenneth Branagh would in fact release his own film version of… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 22, 1996
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Todd McCarthy
Variety

This small-scale, putatively comic meditation on the anxieties and joys of the theatrical life says nothing fresh about the artistic process and manages to be coy and grating in doing so.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Looked at coldly, as a piece of entertainment, it clearly doesn't satisfy. But as a personal statement from writer-director Kenneth Branagh, the film still isn't good . . . but it's interesting.

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Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com

Excellent, hilarious bookend to Branagh's Hamlet. If you or someone you love is in theatre, you must watch.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A palpable hit.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

There are so many laughs here, so much theatrical temperament on display, that you can't help but embrace the picture, even with its obvious flaws.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of Branagh's most charming works too little seen.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

A Midwinter's Tale" packs together so many characters and ideas that they crowd one another out, leaving enough room for plenty of chuckles but none for belly laughs.

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USA Today

[An] inoffensive trifle.

Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com

A nice viewing alternative to the usual Christmas pap, and goes well with a fireplace and a snowy December day.

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