100

San Francisco Chronicle

Anyone not romantically inclined going into Shakespeare in Love surely will be by the end.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Some scholars may scowl, some lowbrows may scoff. But, like wordwise Will, these filmmakers know how to win a crowd -- from the queen down to the groundlings, from the sky above to the stage below. Bravo! [5 December 1998, Friday, p.A]
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100

New York Post

If she (Paltrow) were the only good thing about Shakespeare in Love, it still would have been worth seeing; that she is the crown jewel in a glittering tiara of a film studded with writing and acting gems testifies to the deep pleasures to be found in this remarkable movie.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I was carried along by the wit, the energy and a surprising sweetness.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The richest and most satisfying romantic movie of the year. It's really about two great loves at once -- the love of life and of art -- and the way that Shakespeare, like no writer before him, transformed the one into the other.
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88

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
Its brazen mixture of the comic and dramatic, the high and low and the emotional and intellectual is positively Shakespearean.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
The whole ensemble has a hoot with this material, and their joy is contagious.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Accessibly brainy screen charmer.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Inordinately clever, sprightly romantic comedy.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Not a great film, but it's an excuse to have an evening of pure enjoyment with a little culture painlessly mixed in.
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87 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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