William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (1999)

It all begins when Hermia and Lysander flee deep into the forest to escape Hermia's father, Egeus, who wishes Hermia to marry Demetrius. Demetrius himself bicycles into the woods to follow his true love Hermia. Demetrius is soon… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 14, 1999
DVD Release Date: April 17, 2001
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Faultless production and shining performances display the Bard's talent propitiously.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

I remain skeptical about the ability of even the best American actors to read Shakespeare's lines without giving the impression that they are enduring very painful cultural root canal work.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The film is never a chore to watch, but others have done better by the Bard.

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Antonia Quirke
Independent on Sunday

Kevin Kline's no-life Bottom with his scrappy whiskers and ambitions is the best I've seen.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Injecting the film with fun and pathos, Kline makes a superb Bottom; it's his play and he acts it to the hilt.

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Paul Clinton (CNN.com)

Unfortunately, despite the wonderful locations, sets, costumes, and strong acting, this adaptation has a strange lack of magic or chemistry between players.

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

What fools these mortals be -- especially anyone who passes up Michael Hoffman's highly entertaining version of Shakespeare's famous comedy.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

If there is sacrilege afoot, I'm not enough of a scholar to spot it.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Hoffman charts a middle course, and travels it quite well -- his version is neither as elaborately baroque as Max Reinhardt's 1935 film treatment nor as starkly sexual as Peter Brooks's celebrated 1970 staging.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Sumptuous version, both earthy and enchanted.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Not highbrow -- just weird.
Spencer S.
Anyone can reinvent the Bard and go willy nilly with their own interpretation, but this production kept most of the message intact. With excellent casting and… More
Mark Walker
As a rule, I dont like to watch any William Shakespeare adaptations until I have read the play first. Having just finished reading this classic comedy/love… More
Kyle Fowler
More visually pleasing than Avatar,this production adds more emotion, depth, and fun to the story than past productions, and there is a combination of good… More
Thomas Bowler
A great take on a Shakespeare classic. Full review later.
Ginny  X
<b>Re-rated:</b> They shouldnt have used William Shakespeares name on the US title if they altered the story, even if it was just a minor… More