• Released
  • June 7, 2013
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 47 min
  • Comedy
    Drama
  • 463 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: One couple engages in a "merry" war of words, while another falls prey to a malicious schemer.

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Critic Ratings

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated PG-13 | For Brief drug use and some sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Joss Whedon makes teen-friendly Shakespeare; some drinking.
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POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
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DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF