In the Bleak Midwinter (A Midwinter's Tale)
In the Bleak Midwinter (A Midwinter's Tale) (1996)

When his professional career hits a lull, an actor attempts to revitalize his career by staging a production of Hamlet, directed by and starring himself. Director and star Kenneth Branagh would in fact release his own film version of… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: February 9, 1996
DVD Release Date: October 22, 1996
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Todd McCarthy

This small-scale, putatively comic meditation on the anxieties and joys of the theatrical life says nothing fresh about the artistic process and manages to be coy and grating in doing so.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Looked at coldly, as a piece of entertainment, it clearly doesn't satisfy. But as a personal statement from writer-director Kenneth Branagh, the film still isn't good . . . but it's interesting.

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Widgett Walls

Excellent, hilarious bookend to Branagh's Hamlet. If you or someone you love is in theatre, you must watch.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A palpable hit.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

There are so many laughs here, so much theatrical temperament on display, that you can't help but embrace the picture, even with its obvious flaws.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of Branagh's most charming works too little seen.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

A Midwinter's Tale" packs together so many characters and ideas that they crowd one another out, leaving enough room for plenty of chuckles but none for belly laughs.

USA Today

[An] inoffensive trifle.

Brian Mckay

A nice viewing alternative to the usual Christmas pap, and goes well with a fireplace and a snowy December day.

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