Shakespeare in Love Synopsis
The young playwright (Joseph Fiennes) falls for the betrothed Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow).
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Shakespeare's Beautiful Love.

By Moviedude
Many people who are shallow minded,and can't think outside of the box usually dislike Shakpeare In Love,only because "it stole Saving Private Ryan's Best-Picture Oscar."Let me make one thing...

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I loved the feel of this movie

By Los Angeles Movie Review
This was Gwyneth Paltrow's best role. She's very good. Joseph Fiennes is also good in this story about young Shakespeare, who is out of ideas, when a woman inspires him to write a great play....

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Rated R | For Sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Lavish historical drama has explicit sex scenes.
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POSITIVE MESSAGES
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
LANGUAGE
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF