Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

Actor Kenneth Branagh made his directorial debut with a rousing screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's Henry V. Four years later, he returns to the bard's work with this lively version of one of Shakespeare's best comedies.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 7, 1993
DVD Release Date: January 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kenneth Branagh's love for the material is contagious in this exuberant adaptation.

Variety Staff

A spirited, winningly acted rendition of one of the Bard's most popular comedies.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

There's much to commend in Branagh's pruned, international version of Shakespeare's troubling comedy.

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Adam Mars-Jones
Independent (UK)

Emma Thompson is normally a very reliable performer on screen, but Beatrice is not one of her successes.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

[Branagh] has found his way to the play's profound yet populist heart, rediscovering Shakespeare's vision of romantic fulfillment - celebration with an underlying tug of sadness - for an era that believes itself all too wise to the ways of love.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Kenneth Branagh...has done it again.

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Carrie R. Wheadon
Common Sense Media

Very accessible, jubilant Shakespeare with brief bawdiness.

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Todd McCarthy

Continuously enjoyable from its action-filled opening to the dazzling final shot...

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The picture is overripe, and with few exceptions, so are the performances.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Branagh's highly entertaining and accessible take on one of the Bard's zestiest comedies. [Blu-ray]

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
Back in November 2013, I wrote an article for WhatCulture! citing my ten favourite William Shakespeare adaptations. In justifying the inclusion of this film, I… More
Christian C
Really a good, heart-warming story. As usual, Keanu Reeves is awful. If you can't do an English accent, don't try! Thankfully, Keanu's role is… More
Kevin M. Williams
See this instead. The definitive version, the one where Thompson and Branagh sparkle with so much chemistry ... you know how when you hear a really good singer… More
Wildaly M
Branagh and Thompson carry the film and shine in their roles.
Al S
A total blast, it's an utterly delightful and wonderfully cheerful romantic-comedy that you will just fall in love with. A masterpiece. Director, Kenneth… More
Jens S.
A wonderfully old-fashioned adaptation of one of William Shakespeare's comedies with a stellar cast. While it is hard to pick out someone, Michael Keaton… More

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