Shakespeare in Love


Action / Comedy / Drama / History / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 80%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 209482


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September 10, 2011 at 02:40 AM



Ben Affleck as Ned Alleyn
Gwyneth Paltrow as Viola De Lesseps
Judi Dench as Queen Elizabeth
Colin Firth as Lord Wessex
601.91 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
2 hr 3 min
P/S 7 / 123

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by wind-7 1 / 10

What were they thinking?

Every year the Academy gets worse taste. The movie was laughably boring, with no redeeming qualities. Entire family sat around laughing at it. Do not see why people said that it brought back the magic to Hollywood, when it was a story that anyone with a basic knowledge of Shakespeare could have written.

Reviewed by petra_ste 7 / 10

A stolen season

London, 16th century: young William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) faces a bad case of writer's block, not making any progress in the comedy commissioned by Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush) and his associate Fennyman (Tom Wilkinson). The work's title? "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter". Enters Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow), beautiful lady with a passion for theater, who, disguised as a man, gets the role of Romeo. Will falls for her and their affair ends up shaping the final version of "Romeo and Juliet".

The two leads have a nice chemistry. Paltrow is delightful as Viola; Fiennes is likable as Shakespeare without losing the character's edge. But I enjoy the performances by Wilkinson, Rush and Dench (who is great as Queen Elizabeth) even more.

In fact, the movie features a group of colourful secondary characters played by an interesting cast, including also Imelda Staunton as Viola's nurse, Colin Firth as Viola's boorish suitor, Ben Affleck as a famous thespian and Rupert Everett as playwright Christopher Marlowe.

Frankly, I don't believe Shakespeare in Love deserved its stunning success at the Academy Awards. It had too many great competitors for Best Picture in 1998, including a genuine masterpiece like The Thin Red Line. As for Best Writing, it prevailed over The Truman Show, another modern classic and personal favourite.

Still, I bear this movie no ill will. It's a charming little thing.


Reviewed by e-jane 2 / 10

The most overrated film of the year.

It's hard not to enjoy Shakespeare in Love. It's witty, clever and beautifully shot. The performances - except for Gwyneth Paltrow, who should definitely stick to the present tense - are solid (though not Oscar-worthy, as one has to applaud Judi Dench for admitting.)

But that's just about all there is to this pleasant piece of fluff. It lacks any real substance, and for all the nods to Shakespeare and the smoldering stares, is basically your average, contrived love story. It has none of the depth that made The Truman Show and Elizabeth so outstanding.

An enjoyable, cute, picture? Certainly. The best of the year? Definitely not.

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