Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love (1998)

William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is on a cold streak. Not only is he writing for Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush), owner of "The Rose," a theatre whose doors are about to be closed by sadistic creditors, but he's got a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 25, 1998
DVD Release Date: August 10, 1999
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Endlessly witty, visually rapturous, and sweetly romantic, Shakespeare in Love is a delightful romantic comedy that succeeds on nearly every level.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Sometimes it's the small things that provide the biggest delights. That's certainly the case with Shakespeare in Love, a tongue-in-cheek romance about the greatest romance ever written.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Scene after scene engages us as cheerful groundlings, tosses us jokes, toys with our expectations, then sweeps away the boundaries between film and stage, comedy and tragedy so we're open to the power of language and the feelings behind it.

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S. James Wegg

The play within the movie rings false, methinks

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

[An] inordinately clever, sprightly romantic comedy.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

A triumph of talent and style over silliness.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

A sprightly valentine to the heady world of comedy, drama, romance, art, commerce and language that is the theater.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

It restores to centrality of consciousness one of the great geniuses of our civilization. It makes us care for his greatness, for his passion, for his worth. In no uncertain terms, it tells us Willie Boy is still here.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Hilarious, sexy, clever, playful and as initially teasing as it is ultimately satisfying.

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Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

There's so much to like about this film, which is giddily romantic, funny and clever, chock-full of Shakespearean touches like doomed love, mistaken identity and men dressing as women and women dressing as men.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Shakespeare in Love is a film that I really wanted to enjoy, but I simply didn't get into it. For me, it's a mediocre film, one that fails to really… More
Daniel Perry
I never thought it possible, but on the Gwyneth Paltrow's breasts front, I have to say: too much, too soon. I know, I know, it had to be established that… More
jay nixon
sweet and pleasant but completely unworthy of its oscar win. gwyneth is fine but again not award worthy. the divine judi dench certainly deserves awards but not… More
Jim Careter
Great film, but not better than Saving private Ryan. The plot is amazing and funny. The cast is tremendous. The makeup and production was incredible, was it… More
'Shakespeare in Love'. A genius, meta-adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', telling the story behind the story. A magnificent… More
Wildaly M
This was quite a good film but it just didn't seem Oscar worthy. I do concede that it was very original and funny.Not Oscar worthy but worth watching.