Twelfth Night: Or What You Will
Twelfth Night: Or What You Will (1998)

The classic Shakespearean comedy about mistaken identity and gender confusion is brought to the screen once again in this British production, courtesy of screenwriter-director Trevor Nunn. Nunn has transferred the time period to the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 30, 2005
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Trevor Nunn makes some questionable choices, but his stellar cast -- which includes Helena Bonham-Carter, Ben Kingsley, and Nigel Hawthorne -- more than rises to the material.

Todd McCarthy
Variety

A handsome, agreeably performed rendition that fails to ignite much laughter or any real emotion.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

An entertaining movie. No more, no less.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

I started watching the film by thinking, "They should film more of the comedies," and probably They still should, but I ended by thinking, "They really ought to hire movie directors to make movies."

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The direction is assured, and the cast is masterly.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Only fitfully do the actors actually seem to become the characters they are playing.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Where is Preston Sturges when we need him?

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A comic meditation on desire, disguise and inherent bisexuality.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

An innovative and imaginatively rendered version of Shakespeare's funniest play.

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Film4

Why Nunn chose to set this version in the 1890s is a little baffling.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
Light-hearted Shakespeare just as it should be. Pretty much perfectly cast with each actor hitting all the right notes. Still like with most Shakespeare it will… More
Marion Ravenwood
I really enjoyied this adaptation. It was much more fun. I just really thought it was great!
John Ballantine
Okay passable Shakespeare like the type that you are usually forced to endure in a high school class but don't remember well beyond the exam on the… More
Sunil Jawahir
Good cast but is just pretty blah and uninteresting.