Looking for Richard
Looking for Richard (1996)

A workshop of William Shakespeare's Richard III inspires actor-director Al Pacino's breezy documentary, which aims to make the playwright accessible to contemporary American audiences. Though a noteworthy cast of stage actors and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 11, 1996
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Looking for Richard a smart, fascinating behind-the-scenes look at adapting Shakespeare.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This runs 118 minutes, but it felt like six or seven hours.

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Suzanne O'Connor
New York Times

There are actors' rehearsals and performances, and Mr. Pacino interviews experts, conducts man-on-the-street polls and stages collegial arguments with his cronies. Thus emerges the intricate story of Richard's ambition.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An energetic but unsatisfying behind the scenes account of actors dress rehearsing or in street clothes rehearsing to do the Shakespeare play Richard III.

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Godfrey Cheshire

High-spirited and infectiously energetic.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The last half-hour drags.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

succeeds in giving us a greater appreciation for Shakespeare

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Pacino's first film as writer/director is a marvellously intelligent, witty and imaginative exploration of the problems faced by anyone wishing to act in Shakespeare or translate the plays to film.

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Lloyd Rose
Washington Post

An astute, funny, loving and occasionally even beautiful documentary about actors preparing to do a play.

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TV Guide

That the film is a must for Pacino fans goes without saying; the surprise is how generally enjoyable it all is.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Zach Brehany
It is hard to imagine a world in which William Shakespeare has not, in one way or another, impacted our world. From how we view entertainment to the plans of… More
Mike T.
A study of acting from the master, Al Pacino. Although it's not totally concise, this is a very entertaining examination of the measures taken by actors to… More
Steve B.
A documentary about the making of a movie... but not really, since they weren't MAKING the movie, they were making the documentary. More an exploration of… More
Ina S
Fantastic, original and insightful.
Michael Gildea
Self-indulgent crap. A decent cast is all its got working for it.