Richard III
Richard III (1995)

This innovative, fast-paced, cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare's classic work transposes the setting to an imaginary Nazi-like 1930s England. Ian McKellan is mesmerizing as the ruthlessly ambitious Richard, who rises to power by… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 29, 1995
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This re-imagining of Shakespeare's Crookback King relocates the story in 1930 and features an indelible star turn for Ian McKellen as the monstrous and magnetic King Richard.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Rarely has a film used London's landmarks so cannily.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

This triumphant take on the Crookback king is as different from Olivier's '50s historical pageant as chalk is from malmsey.

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Rob Vaux

But when thoughts turn to the Bard, and his unique way of pinpointing the flaws in human nature that bite us again and again, they inevitably settle on Richard III.

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Godfrey Cheshire

A sure-fire crowd-pleaser among recent Shakespeare movies.

Andrew Geller
New York Times

It is all in the grand manner of Shakespearean tragedies.

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Ali Catterall
Total Film

With a screenplay (co-written by McKellen) that crackles and spits like a roasting pig, it was clearly as much of a blast to make as it is to watch.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

In a shamelessly entertaining display of acting brilliance, McKellen 'plays' the demon's good arm as if it were a Stradivarius, executing one showy stunt after another.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

This is Shakespeare exciting enough for even the most dubious, which, after all, is no less than the man deserves.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

An outrageous, wickedly funny, 1930s fascist version of the Shakespeare play starring Ian McKellen as Richard of Gloucester.;

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Ian McKellen is Mesmerizing in this performance. The modernized setting and story-telling are a bit off-putting.
Stella Dallas
one of shakespeare's more brutal plays reset in the '30's with striking atmosphere and a stellar cast. it's obvious sir ian had a blast… More
Jennifer D
Ian McKellan was magnificent as usual. Annette Bening was magic. Jim Broadbent was incredible. Maggie Smith was brief, but fantastic. Robert Downey Jr. was… More
El Hombre Invisible
What makes this version spectacular is the "modern-day" setting of this Shakespearean classic with imagery invoking that of Nazi Germany. The… More
Wildaly M
Richard III like you've never seen it before! Ian McKellen was amazing in this as he embodies the evilness of Richard III. Inventive and ruthless, this… More
Ken Stachnik
Visually interesting and simplified re-telling of Richard III. Set in hypothetical 1930's England where Civil War has left the country amid Fascist rule.… More

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