Much Ado About Nothing Synopsis
One couple engages in a "merry" war of words, while another falls prey to a malicious schemer.
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By Sheila O'Malley
Would the magic hold? The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end.
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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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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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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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Chicago Tribune

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

By Lou Lumenick
The first filmed Shakespeare comedy in decades that’s actually funny.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
An absolute delight, as merry as the day is long.
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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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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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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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Brilliant, fresh, beautiful take on a classic!

By princess1575
As soon as I heard about this production, I have been impatiently awaiting its release. That kind of buildup could set unrealistically high expectations, but Joss brilliantly adapted Shakespeare's...

Much Ado About Awesome!

By mtw91010
What a fantastic job by one & all. I ususally hate when Shakepeare is sent in a different era than intended, but it is done with such aplomb that it actuallt enhances the experience. Plus, it should...

Much Ado About Nothing - SEE IT!

By Josscat
This is an excellent rendition of Shakespeare's excellent play! I've been seeing plays by The Bard since I was a kid, and have always been a fan, but usually when the show starts I spend about 10...

much ado about nothing

By franzitalabella
the acting is some of the best Ive seen this year, Amy acker should get an oscar as should Joss Whedon for everything els about this film....

It's more than nothing

By KentsWife
Once I got into the rhythm of Shakespeare's dialogue, it is such a clever story. However, I didn't think the villains were that villainous. Very snappy - good humor - happy ending :)....

Fun reunion of Whedon alums

By stevelprescott
For fans of Joss Whedon, this movie is such a fun experience to see the former TV stars reunited, sometimes in new combinations. It did take my ears and brain a few minutes to get back into hearing...


By grimesgolden1
Can each & everyone act? This should be an Oscar statue for this ensemble! The setting is supportive of the discourse.Fillon is funny as hell as Dogberry. Unlike the usual presentation of this play...

Joss Whedon's Much Ado is Phenomenal

By JLFerg
The acting is superb, the cinematography is delightful (shots through windows, close ups, lots of care taken to what each shot should look like), the music is so fitting. I love that it was black and...

Best be ready to think

By Greil
Very intriguing having a 16 th century story set in the 21 st century where it all works except the scandal surrounding women's virtue. It os riotous as is the play off of which it is based. If the...

Humorous and charming

By cmobrien1991
An avid Shakespeare fan, I was delighted to see this after hearing Joss Whedon was making this film. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed. It was a fairly straightforward adaptation and was fairly...

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Rated PG-13 | For Brief drug use and some sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Joss Whedon makes teen-friendly Shakespeare; some drinking.
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