As You Like It
As You Like It (2006)

With a setting inspired by 19th Century Japan, director Kenneth Branagh adapts Shakespeare's lightest and most delightful comedy 'As You Like It,' a celebration of the enduring power of love in all its many disguises. Witty,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 1, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Branagh's fifth foray into celluloid Shakespeare brings us this rather stodgy version of the Bard's wise comedy of old Japan.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

It's not an unsuccessful adaptation. But it rarely catches fire as one of Shakespeare's most popular plays should.

Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Kenneth Branagh is in danger of becoming the next Kenneth Branagh, in a career of serial self-replication as our last unstoppable screen Shakespearean.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Fun retelling, but longer than teens will like it.

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Neil Smith

Kenneth Branagh directs this pedestrian spin on the Shakespearean comedy that proves stubbornly resistant to his boisterous brand of all-star panto.

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Peter Bradshaw

Branagh's direction is fluent, surefooted, a little broad sometimes; his ingenious Japanese staging recreates the wrestling match as a wacky sumo contest. It's elegant and Howard is very good.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Energetic and entertaining, but it's like a long episode of an over-talky, out-of-control soap opera.

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Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)

Kenneth Branagh gamely continues to put Shakespeare on film, and audiences continue to ignore them.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

Faced with As You Like It, one of the Bard's more tiresome plays, Branagh's direction loses conviction and his storytelling lacks the engaging enthusiasm of his previous Shakespeares.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Martin Bishop
Here's one that snuck completely under my radar, probably because it was apparently made-for-HBO (which I don't have) and not released theatrically.… More
David Sayers
For an overview of the play and some decent performances this is fine but isn't up to the standards of Branagh's 'Hamlet' or 'Much… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"As You Like It" starts with a palace coup resulting in the Duke(Brian Blessed) being deposed by his own brother(Blessed again),… More
Sunil Jawahir
It started off promising but just got dull.
Yinalí Ríos
The awful confusion of Shakespeare's novel itself is a confusion, imagine a movie about it...
Dimitris Springer
I thought at first this was a deteriorating prank.Prithee be monsieur Branagh,for your academic hostility turned boomerang on your facade.Whereas there's… More