Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

Shakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's film, "Much Ado About Nothing". Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 7, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 8, 2013
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lighthearted to a fault, Much Ado About Nothing's giddy energy and intimate charm make for an entertaining romantic comedy -- and a Shakespearean adaptation that's hard to resist.

Alexandra MacAaron
Women's Voices for Change

o what does the mighty Whedon do in his time off? He invites a couple of dozen friends over, and in less than a fortnight turns out the sleekest, smartest film adaptation of William Shakespeare I have ever seen. Get thee to a cinema.

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Sheila O'Malley
Chicago Sun-Times

The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end.

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Sarah Marrs

It's the cinematic equivalent of a good piece of angel food cake. It might be mostly just sugar and air, but it tastes nice going down.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

Much Ado About Nothing is a delightfully spirited romp, filled with visual splendor, strong performances and flashes of post-modern absurdity.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

This fast and loose independent production is enjoyable as a home movie, but not much more.

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

Fizzing with giddy energy, this is the freshest, finest Shakespeare movie version of the 21st century.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The movie swings along, with a grace denied to some of Whedon's grander projects ...

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A delightful mix of the modern and the Elizabethan, a sort of do-it-yourself re-imagination of a true comic classic.

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John Powers

With Whedon's Much Ado, you don't feel like you're watching another Shakespeare adaptation, you feel like you're watching a movie. I mean that as high praise, by the way.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Gregory Dark
If you dislike Shakespeare or are unfamiliar with the story then stay away from this film.
Christopher Heim
Joss Whedon's black and white film noir cinematography and a decent cast (who obviously look like they are having fun) bring a nice air of novelty, but… More
Michael S
I'm no Shakespeare aficionado. Save for high school reading and the stellar works of Kenneth Branagh, my exposure has been limited do to my finding a lot… More
Nicki Marie
I found this unwatchable. Struggled to understand what the f-* they were talking about. And I love black and white art house films generally! Boring dud with a… More
Wildaly M
I enjoyed it but I found it a bit hard to relate what was being said with the actual action. I would've preferred that they had adapted the dialogue as… More
Al S
The funniest and best Shakespeare adaptation made yet. A gloriously entertaining and spirited movie. I truly loved it. A delightful, charismatic, irresistible… More