Critic scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.
Would the magic hold? The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
Finally! A romantic comedy that works. And not just because of Shakespeare. Read full review
The first filmed Shakespeare comedy in decades that’s actually funny. Read full review
An absolute delight, as merry as the day is long.
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With its interrogations of gender, feminism, and marriage, Shakespeare's comedy is an apt vehicle for Whedon's own storytelling agenda. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
Shakespeare in Like
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