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Much Ado About Nothing
Shakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's film, "Much Ado About Nothing". Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love. (c) Roadside Attractions

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Much Ado About Nothing is a delightfully spirited romp, filled with visual splendor, strong performances and flashes of post-modern absurdity."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"This fast and loose independent production is enjoyable as a home movie, but not much more."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"This new adaptation of the Shakespearean play is very odd looking, like a modern film done on the cheap, in an ancient language, viewed on a 60-year-old television set."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"More familiar than fresh, but no less amusing. Whedon uses Shakespeare to remind audiences that the problems that existed in the seventeenth century remain relevant and embedded in the human heart."
‑ Thelma Adams, Yahoo! Movies
"Framed in Whedon's lucid black and white it recalls the feisty romcoms of the Fifties, whilst scenes of subterfuge out on the streets at night employ the visual language of film noir."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"The movie swings along, with a grace denied to some of Whedon's grander projects ..."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"A delightful mix of the modern and the Elizabethan, a sort of do-it-yourself re-imagination of a true comic classic."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The wine flows freely throughout the film, and likely, all through production too."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Joss Whedon's adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing is a highly-entertaining romp with an exceptional cast. Easily one of the best films of the year."
‑ Jeff Beck, We Got This Covered
"The movie brings to life a high-toned summer dreamland ... that exists in a dimensional rift between the Renaissance, the era of My Man Godfrey and now."
‑ Margot Harrison, Seven Days
"The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end."
‑ Sheila O'Malley, Chicago Sun-Times
"There's no fire, and where their lines should ricochet with wit, they just spill forth, affably."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"But it is the dark side of Much Ado-everything associated with the smearing of Hero's reputation and her lover Claudio's savage rejection of her-that emerges most forcefully here"
‑ Geoffrey O'Brien, Film Comment Magazine
"Has a wit and style you won't find in his kick-ass work for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly or The Avengers."
‑ Rebecca Barry,
"The Elizabethan speech rarely totally flows, the modern setting jars and not all the actors convince. It's as slick as you'd expect, if not a little forgettable. A frothy passion project."
‑ Lauren Carroll Harris, Concrete Playground
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