Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night (1998)

This loose adaptation of Shakespeare's enduring but seldom-filmed comedy of merry and ribald romantic mix-ups comes from Trevor Nunn, distinguished director for the Royal Shakespearean Theatre, and features some of Great Britain's… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 1, 1998
DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Trevor Nunn makes some questionable choices, but his stellar cast -- which includes Helena Bonham-Carter, Ben Kingsley, and Nigel Hawthorne -- more than rises to the material.

Todd McCarthy

A handsome, agreeably performed rendition that fails to ignite much laughter or any real emotion.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

An entertaining movie. No more, no less.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

I started watching the film by thinking, "They should film more of the comedies," and probably They still should, but I ended by thinking, "They really ought to hire movie directors to make movies."

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The direction is assured, and the cast is masterly.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Only fitfully do the actors actually seem to become the characters they are playing.

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TV Guide

Where is Preston Sturges when we need him?

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A comic meditation on desire, disguise and inherent bisexuality.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

An innovative and imaginatively rendered version of Shakespeare's funniest play.

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Why Nunn chose to set this version in the 1890s is a little baffling.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
Light-hearted Shakespeare just as it should be. Pretty much perfectly cast with each actor hitting all the right notes. Still like with most Shakespeare it will… More
Sunil Jawahir
Good cast but is just pretty blah and uninteresting.
John Ballantine
Okay passable Shakespeare like the type that you are usually forced to endure in a high school class but don't remember well beyond the exam on the… More
Marion Ravenwood
I really enjoyied this adaptation. It was much more fun. I just really thought it was great!
Robert Brogan
Twelfth Night is passable. While some of the performances are a bit silly, nothing about the film is terrible. Rather the problem is that the parts are not… More