William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004)

One of William Shakespeare's most powerful comedies has been given a bold cinematic adaptation in this film version of The Merchant of Venice. Bassanio (Joseph Fiennes) is a young and vital member of the aristocratic classes in 16th… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 29, 2004
DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A respectable if uneven take on the Bard's The Merchant of Venice.

David Rooney

Pacino is at least dynamic, something harder to say about the women in the cast.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Radford has rendered off the comedy to find the dramatic skeleton underneath. It is an approach that works stunningly well and is perhaps the only way the play can now be done.

Will Self
London Evening Standard

I've decided to be merciful to Michael Radford's meat and-potatoes, 21st-century, politically correct, GCSE-student version of The Merchant of Venice.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

This is Al Pacino's show, and thankfully his Shylock is absorbing enough to carry the day.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A vivid, engrossing and defensible Shakespeare adaptation, a period piece that truly has a feel for a time long past -- and a place and attitude that are not.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Lovely to look at, but like the famous caskets that Portia uses to test her suitors, its very beauty hides a weird core.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

It tilts so far in one direction that the comic elements seem to come from another, lesser film.

Lawrence B. Johnson
Detroit News

Pacino's stentorian delivery and punctuating hands are almost parodistic, as likely to draw a chuckle as to elicit empathy.

Don Groves

Pacino seeks his pound of flesh as a tragic outsider.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Al S
This is a true and superb work of art. A fantastic piece of Shakespeare that anyone who is a fan, should see immediately. Director, Michael Radford crafts a… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=red]First off, I want to mention that it usually takes me a couple of versions to get fully versed to a Shakespeare play. And I had… More
Bathsheba Monk
Saw it last night on DVD and my husband and I are still talking about it this morning: is it anti-Semetic? Can you talk about uncomfortable things without… More
Cameron Johnson
It's getting to the point where New Yorkers of Italian descent are not only more American than Italian, but more American than, well, a lot of other… More
Neum Daddy
The world was raising. Thunderous canyons shot from below to meet my footsteps. Forests rose and died behind my back. Birds evolved and turned to dust before… More
Mike T.
A glossy, effective adaptation filled with impressive performances. Pacino stands out in one of his best to date. An unfairly overlooked gem.