Shakespeare in Love

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  • Shakespeare in Love is a funny, sexy and clever romantic comedy

    Feb 25, 2012 by alexdg1 is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Movies
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Witty, enchanting script. Awesome cast. Terrific directing by John Madden
    Cons: None

    Summary: I’m not particularly a fan of romantic comedies, nor am I more than a casual admirer of William Shakespeare’s works.  I tend to find RomComs very formulaic and cliché driven, and although I acknowledge the Bard of ... read more

  • How Shakespeare Got His Groove Back

    May 22, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great acting and direction!
    Cons: None!

    Summary: "There’s no writer that shall not perish, but what his hand hath written endureth ever. Write, therefore, nothing but what wilt please thee when thou shall see it on the day of resurrection." - The thousand & One Nights William ... read more

  • This is Shakespeare?!

    Jan 30, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: intelligent, highly amusing
    Cons: LOTS of gratuitous adult content

    Summary: It's so good, I can't believe it's anything remotely the same as what I was expected to digest in high school! Gwenyth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes star as William ("Will", as he is affectionately referred to throughout the film) Shakespeare and his ... read more

  • the course of true love never did run smooth

    Jun 8, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great story and cast
    Cons: cant think of any

    Summary: Shakespeare in love Set in 16/17th century Gwyneth Paltrow is a noble woman desperately wanting to be an actor in a time when only men could take part on stage. Discussed as a man she auditions for William Shakespeare's new play Romeo and Juliet. ... read more

  • Shakespeare In Love (1998): A Comedy For Writers Everywhere

    Apr 27, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Historical humor which is at times hysterical.
    Cons: Fictitious, but that is to be expected.

    Summary: Shakespeare In Love is one of those delightful movies that bring history to life- at least life as we might wish had been. The story within the film is in fact fictitious, yet many of its characters are based on true historical persons. While it ... read more

  • Shakespeare in Hate

    Apr 15, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: None
    Cons: Story was based on rip-offs from Shakespeare's literary works; bad acting complemented the stupid story

    Summary: The movie pointlessly pats itself in the back with cheers from the cast echoing like wild pigs feasting on abundant garbage. Ever see pigs get excited over scraps of peels and rubbish? This is the cinematic version. Geoffrey Rush looked pathetic and ... read more

  • The Villain

    Sep 8, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful! Glorious! Thick with emotion!
    Cons: Viola's parents would marry her to a penniless Lord just for his name? Not!

    Summary: It is impossible to be completely enraged by the character of Lord Wessex. He is a man down on his luck who seeks to use Viola's position to regain his own, but, in the end, he understands her more than he had allowed himself to entertain ... read more

  • A Stolen Season

    Nov 2, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ingenious, witty, lively script; good fun; strong lead performances; superlative supporting performances; lush period detail
    Cons: The romantic aspect hinges on whether Fiennes and Paltrow appeal to your performance tastes

    Summary: I watched this film several years ago and again tonight. I liked it quite a bit more the second time around. I guess that I got past the absurdity of this depiction of Shakespeare's life as a young man and approached the film, this time, on its own ... read more

  • Knee-deep in Love

    Jun 22, 2005 by spelvini is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Movies
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great love story with real substance!
    Cons: Lots of inside jokes... somtime ya gotta think!

    Summary: Winner of seven, count 'em, seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow), Best Supporting Actress (Judy Dench), Best Original Screenplay (co-written by one of my favs Tom Stoppard), this wonderful film on DVD has a great ... read more

  • Shakespeare in the Sack

    Jun 8, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: cinematography, brilliant script, great performances, Hollywood in-jokes
    Cons: period piece, a dramedy hybrid that many "didn't get"

    Summary: I went to this movie, like a lot of my kind, because of the Oscar buzz. How many films go into Oscar season with 13 nominations? (It went on to win 7, including Best Picture and Best Actress). I had to drive halfway across the county to see it, and ... read more

  • Ah, me!

    Feb 6, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It has everything you could want in a film (except gore and Heath Ledger)
    Cons: Why is this field required? I can't think of anything!

    Summary: If a Shakespearesque play about Shakespeare himself isn't an interesting concept, I don't know what is. Add to that its general appeal--love, drama, comedy, and even action--a cast of brilliant actors, a clever, witty script, beautiful costumes and ... read more

  • Shakespeare in Love-The Greatest Hits Compliation

    Aug 8, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: elizabethan eye candy, good performances by Rush and Dench
    Cons: the untimely nature of too much of the dialogue, the general slushiness of it all

    Summary: Will, dapper slave to his art, is transformed from thin cousin of chef. boyardee to cinematic heartt ... read more

  • Shakespeare in Love

    Feb 13, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Lovely, romantic movie that doesn't take a lot of brainpower to watch
    Cons: not really a happy ending

    Summary: This is about William Shakespeares romance and about how he created Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare falls in love with a beautiful wealthy young woman, who is betrothed to another man. She wants a life on the stage, but only men are allowed to ... read more

  • Still in love with this flicků Valentine movies I

    Feb 11, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A great romantic flick
    Cons: can't think of any!

    Summary: In March of the year 1999 ‘Shakespeare in Love’ received the desired Academy Award as the Best Movie. When I was watching the ceremony, I had seen 4 of the 5 contenders and didn’t consider a romantic comedy a real threat… but in a ... read more

  • Real-life Satire Puts Well-intentioned Comedies Like This One Out of Commision.

    Jan 14, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Brings genuine emotion to what could have been a mere bookish collection of in-jokes.
    Cons: Overachievers in the comedy field, like Gilliam, make this movie, ultimately, inconsequential.

    Summary: It's the Golden Age of England. Sleeves are puffier than a workaholic's eyes, people toss slop in the streets, where its rummaged through by roaming livestock, a simple question, like "Are you going?" takes many sweet-sounding, superfluous syllables, ... read more

  • Shakespeare in Love: Gwyneth in Puppy Love

    Nov 16, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sumptuous costuming, some clever twists and turns. Fantastic supporting cast.
    Cons: Need I say Gwyneth Paltrow?

    Summary: Taking a clever invention, Tom Stoppard crafted a witty tale of passion, romance, poetry and theatre here, and the stage play was turned into a pretty decent film. I went with a friend of mine who was (and is) passionately devoted to the works of ... read more

  • A great twist of Shakespeare's Best Play.

    Jul 18, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Awesome movie... Great characters and acting by the actors and actress' that play them
    Cons: It dragged in certain areas...

    Summary: Shakespeare in Love' is a must-see movie. It is suspenseful, exciting, and romantic - all things a good movie should be. And, lets face it, there is an awful lot of rubbish out there. The film takes a real event (the creation of the play, ... read more

  • To Watch or Not to Watch...

    Jun 9, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Many funny scenes and excellent performances given by the actors.
    Cons: Sappy and overly dramatic in places, historically inaccurate.

    Summary: ...there is no question. Move over Leonardo and Claire, because Joseph and Gwyneth can take you on any day (before the flaming starts, let me state that I do like that version of Romeo and Juliet, although it really puzzles me as to how a boy who ... read more

  • Monty Python's Blackadder Shakespeare

    Jun 7, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The humour, the direction, the acting.
    Cons: The annoying love story.

    Summary: I was not really sure what to expect from this film when I first saw it, as I settled down in my seat in the illustrious surroundings of Worthing's Connaught theatre, carefully balancing a small tub of ice cream, a box of MatchMakers chocolates and a ... read more

  • Shakespeare in "Quotes" - The Great One-Liner WO

    Apr 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A fun and delightful romp through Shakespeare and his quotes.
    Cons: Vanilla by nature but are cookies as good without vanilla?

    Summary: "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! SO I am supposed to write this epinion based upon the following critereon: "It could be from a book. It could be from a movie... a song, even a commercial. It is the one line that ... read more

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