100

RogerEbert.com

By Sheila O'Malley
Would the magic hold? The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Nell Minow
Joss Whedon’s take on Shakespeare’s classic tale is swanky, sexy and sophisticated, as bracing as a dry martini poured from a silver shaker on a summer night.
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91

The Playlist

Its off-the-cuff nature makes for a film that is not flawless – the music is a bit daft, and some of the acting a little too “large” for the intimate setting – but is, from beginning to end, delightful.
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90

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
The movie’s singular acting triumph is Nathan Fillion’s Constable Dogberry, one of Shakespeare’s simpler buffoons made poetic by understatement. Fillion speaks softly, with ­uninflected sincerity, a brilliant departure from the standard gregarious-­hambone Dogberry. It’s his insularity — his imperviousness to the interjections of more observant people — that makes him such a touchingly credible clown.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Finally! A romantic comedy that works. And not just because of Shakespeare.
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The first filmed Shakespeare comedy in decades that’s actually funny.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
An absolute delight, as merry as the day is long.
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80

Village Voice

By Chris Packham
With its interrogations of gender, feminism, and marriage, Shakespeare's comedy is an apt vehicle for Whedon's own storytelling agenda.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

The film isn't as fast and funny as it could be, although Nathan Fillion's easily offended constable injects some sorely needed comic relief.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Whedon has made the Bard accessible and that achievement places him alongside Branagh in the exclusive club of directors who can handle both superheroes and Shakespeare effectively.
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78 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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