William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004)

One of William Shakespeare's most powerful comedies has been given a bold cinematic adaptation in this film version of The Merchant of Venice. Bassanio (Joseph Fiennes) is a young and vital member of the aristocratic classes in 16th… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 10, 2005
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A respectable if uneven take on the Bard's The Merchant of Venice.

David Rooney
Variety

Pacino is at least dynamic, something harder to say about the women in the cast.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Radford has rendered off the comedy to find the dramatic skeleton underneath. It is an approach that works stunningly well and is perhaps the only way the play can now be done.

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Don Groves
sbs.com.au

Pacino seeks his pound of flesh as a tragic outsider.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

This is Al Pacino's show, and thankfully his Shylock is absorbing enough to carry the day.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A vivid, engrossing and defensible Shakespeare adaptation, a period piece that truly has a feel for a time long past -- and a place and attitude that are not.

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David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

The text is wonderful, Radford's film has some fine performances from Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes, and he makes good use of Venice locations.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

It tilts so far in one direction that the comic elements seem to come from another, lesser film.

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Lawrence B. Johnson
Detroit News

Pacino's stentorian delivery and punctuating hands are almost parodistic, as likely to draw a chuckle as to elicit empathy.

Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com

It is really a pleasure to watch a masterful actor like Al Pacino wring every nuance out of the multifarious character of Shylock.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Al S
This is a true and superb work of art. A fantastic piece of Shakespeare that anyone who is a fan, should see immediately. Director, Michael Radford crafts a… More
Neum Daddy
The world was raising. Thunderous canyons shot from below to meet my footsteps. Forests rose and died behind my back. Birds evolved and turned to dust before… More
Bathsheba Monk
Saw it last night on DVD and my husband and I are still talking about it this morning: is it anti-Semetic? Can you talk about uncomfortable things without… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=red]First off, I want to mention that it usually takes me a couple of versions to get fully versed to a Shakespeare play. And I had… More
Anthony Lawrie
I've got a bit of a love/hate thing going on when it comes to Shakespeare. The Merchant of Venice is one of his that is in the middle for me though because… More
Cameron Johnson
It's getting to the point where New Yorkers of Italian descent are not only more American than Italian, but more American than, well, a lot of other… More