• Released
  • February 14, 2000
  • PG , 1 hr 33 min
  • Romantic Comedy
    Comedy Drama
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Branagh and Love's Labour's Lost all but will themselves into liftoff. They achieve it, and in doing so, they somehow make it right to our pleasure centers with their generous embrace of stardust and pizazz.
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68

Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
A trifle of a farce fashioned into a '30s musical that gaily trips as much as it lightly skips, but nonetheless marks a welcome return to form.
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63

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Branagh's attempt to meld Shakespeare's densely verbal early comedy with Broadway show tunes fails, thanks to stunt casting, poor singing and dancing, and the incompatibility of the two art forms.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The leaden bits do bring the proceedings to a screeching halt too many times, but the costumes are breathtaking, and the details (like color-coordinated martinis) are dazzling.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There's not a song I wouldn't hear again with pleasure, or a clip that might not make me smile, but as a whole, it's not much. Like cotton candy, it's better as a concept than as an experience.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Too many moments of evident labor weigh this clever production down. To quote the playwright: ''Your wit's too hot, it speeds too fast, 'twill tire.''
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
Has its moments of charm, but it's ultimately a fascinating failure that surely looked better on paper than it does on the screen.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Even at its best, the movie plays like a clip reel.
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40

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Branagh's take on the play comes right up to the edge of disaster but stubbornly refuses to leap in.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A stink bomb of a movie.
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35 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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