Love's Labour's Lost
Love's Labour's Lost (2000)

In 1939, the King of Navarre and his three best friends swear an oath to give up women for three years whilst devoting themselves to the study of philosophy. One of the terms of their pledge specifically prohibits women from their presence,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 9, 2000
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2000
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Interesting idea, poor execution.

Derek Elley

A luscious labor of love.

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Robert Horton

Everybody in Love's Labour's Lost tries so hard to please, they frequently lose track of the matter at hand, to say nothing of the dialogue.

Antonia Quirke
Independent on Sunday

The play emerges as silly, redundant, odd. It doesn't really emerge at all.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

An act of double homage to antique artifice.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

The froth quickly curdles.

Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media

A noble experiment that didn't quite work out.

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David Germain
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Maybe Kenneth Branagh should have left the Hollywood musical where he found it, back in the 1930s.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Each player ends up performing in a different play.

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Empire Magazine

It may not be 'hip', but it's definitely enjoyable and it's a shame that there isn't more scope for genuine musical talents like Lester to utilise their gifts in modern cinema.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Branagh's idea is to conjoin Shakespearean comedy with 1930's era Hollywood musicals ... what could go wrong? At first I felt as if I were having a… More
Alice Shen
So bad, it's almost good...but then I regain consciousness and have to put on <i>Singin' in the Rain</i> to get that murky taste out of my… More
Jens S.
One of the kind of films that you wished you could love more than you actually do. Because they don't really do anything wrong. They take… More
Mason Williams
Love's Labour's Lost, is a good musical directed by Kenneth Branagh. A light haerted musical that takes place in the 1930's where things are care… More
Lanning : )
Okay, so this Branagh go at Shakespeare may leave out a lot of the Bard's words, but the spirit is definitely there. Strictly speaking, in the classic… More
Leo L
This is an interesting film in the Shakespeare Company collection. Love the music. Love the noir-esque!