Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love (1998)

William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is on a cold streak. Not only is he writing for Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush), owner of "The Rose," a theatre whose doors are about to be closed by sadistic creditors, but he's got a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 10, 1999
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Endlessly witty, visually rapturous, and sweetly romantic, Shakespeare in Love is a delightful romantic comedy that succeeds on nearly every level.

Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

[An] inordinately clever, sprightly romantic comedy.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

A triumph of talent and style over silliness.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

This romantic farce has a talented cast and energy to spare, but somehow the ingredients don't burn as brightly as one would expect from such promising ingredients.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

It restores to centrality of consciousness one of the great geniuses of our civilization. It makes us care for his greatness, for his passion, for his worth. In no uncertain terms, it tells us Willie Boy is still here.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Hilarious, sexy, clever, playful and as initially teasing as it is ultimately satisfying.

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Leah Rozen
People Magazine

Get thee to the nearest movie theater showing Shakespeare in Love, a delightful comedy that sparkles with wit, literary smarts, passionate romance and expert acting by a glossy, enthusiastic cast.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Scene after scene engages us as cheerful groundlings, tosses us jokes, toys with our expectations, then sweeps away the boundaries between film and stage, comedy and tragedy so we're open to the power of language and the feelings behind it.

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Paul Tatara
CNN.com

I just wish that the script wasn't so insistent on showing off. Shakespeare, even when he kowtowed to the peasants, knew when to quit.

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Lorien Haynes
Radio Times

Taking the writing process behind Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as its inspiration, John Madden's follow-up to Mrs Brown combines contemporary humour with a convincing 16th-century setting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Shakespeare in Love is a film that I really wanted to enjoy, but I simply didn't get into it. For me, it's a mediocre film, one that fails to really… More
Daniel Perry
I never thought it possible, but on the Gwyneth Paltrow's breasts front, I have to say: too much, too soon. I know, I know, it had to be established that… More
jay nixon
sweet and pleasant but completely unworthy of its oscar win. gwyneth is fine but again not award worthy. the divine judi dench certainly deserves awards but not… More
Jim Careter
Great film, but not better than Saving private Ryan. The plot is amazing and funny. The cast is tremendous. The makeup and production was incredible, was it… More
c0up  
'Shakespeare in Love'. A genius, meta-adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', telling the story behind the story. A magnificent… More
Wildaly M
This was quite a good film but it just didn't seem Oscar worthy. I do concede that it was very original and funny.Not Oscar worthy but worth watching.

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