Twelfth Night: Or What You Will
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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 Victorian Era of the late 19th century. Two twins, Viola (Imogen Stubbs) and Sebastian (Steven MacKintosh), are separated when their ship capsizes. Each believes that the other has drowned. Viola washes ashore on the coast of Illyria. She disguises herself as a man and assumes the name Cesario so that she can take a position as an aide to the Duke, Orsinio (Toby… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

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"A handsome, agreeably performed rendition that fails to ignite much laughter or any real emotion."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"An entertaining movie. No more, no less."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"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.""
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Another fine film version of the Bard's work..."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"This is the film to take a Shakespeare fan to see so he will understand why so many people do not care for Shakespeare."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"The direction is assured, and the cast is masterly."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Only fitfully do the actors actually seem to become the characters they are playing."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Where is Preston Sturges when we need him?"
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Focuses on the twists and turns in the giddy game of life."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The adaptation of the text is quite literal, but the passion and the chemistry is not up to par."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"A comic meditation on desire, disguise and inherent bisexuality."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"An innovative and imaginatively rendered version of Shakespeare's funniest play."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Why Nunn chose to set this version in the 1890s is a little baffling."
‑ , Film4
"Not to be missed."
‑ Leslie Rigoulot, Film Scouts
"Twelfth Night may be uneven, but is still largely appealing, thanks to the talented cast and the unique design of the film."
‑ Scott Renshaw, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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