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A workshop of William Shakespeare's Richard III inspires actor-director Al Pacino's breezy documentary, which aims to make the playwright accessible to contemporary American audiences. Though a noteworthy cast of stage actors and Hollywood stars (including Kevin Spacey, Winona Ryder, and Alec Baldwin) gathers to work on the play, Looking for Richard does not present a straightforward filmed version of the scheming, deformed king's rise and fall. Instead, Pacino turns the cameras on the rehearsal process and his own exploration of Shakespeare's history and meaning. Scenes in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This runs 118 minutes, but it felt like six or seven hours."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"There are actors' rehearsals and performances, and Mr. Pacino interviews experts, conducts man-on-the-street polls and stages collegial arguments with his cronies. Thus emerges the intricate story of Richard's ambition."
‑ Suzanne O'Connor, New York Times
"An energetic but unsatisfying behind the scenes account of actors dress rehearsing or in street clothes rehearsing to do the Shakespeare play Richard III."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Almost inadvertently Pacino comes up with what must be one of the best films of his career."
‑ , Film4
"It's a true labor of love and one of the high points in his distinguished career."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"High-spirited and infectiously energetic."
‑ Godfrey Cheshire, Variety
"The last half-hour drags."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"succeeds in giving us a greater appreciation for Shakespeare"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A first-rate study of a famous actor coming to grips with a world-class challenge."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"A remarkable entertainment; funny, fascinating, and always entertaining."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Pacino's first film as writer/director is a marvellously intelligent, witty and imaginative exploration of the problems faced by anyone wishing to act in Shakespeare or translate the plays to film."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"An astute, funny, loving and occasionally even beautiful documentary about actors preparing to do a play."
‑ Lloyd Rose, Washington Post
"That the film is a must for Pacino fans goes without saying; the surprise is how generally enjoyable it all is."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film is sloppily pieced together, as Pacino appears unsure of exactly what he wants to achieve."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Wonderful documentary for those who love Shakespeare, those who love actors, those who love Pacino ..."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
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