90

The Hollywood Reporter

Those who thought "Shakespeare In Love" was as good as it gets in intelligent costume romantic comedy will find that director Richard Eyre and writer Jeffrey Hatcher have taken the form to a higher level.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It's not as clever, or as consistently funny, or as well-cast as "Shakespeare in Love," but Richard Eyre's Stage Beauty is the most fun I've had with the Bard since that 1998 Oscar winner.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A rich, shining valentine to the British theater and the eternal joys of Shakespeare,
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Expertly directed by Richard Eyre (Iris) from Jeffrey Hatcher's play, the film is bawdy fun.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Claire Danes is as fresh as running water in this role, exhibiting the clarity and directness that has become her strength; her characters tend to know who they are, and why.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Beauty is about two-thirds the serious-edged romp it would like to be, which still leaves a lot of room for tony fun.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Yet Crudup does good, mercurial work despite a silly surfer-dude haircut.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A celebration of the theater that tends to drag the moment it's out of drag.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
The film rarely matches Crudup's performance, appearing confused itself about whether it's farce or drama.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Over-orchestrated and underdeveloped interpretation of Jeffrey Hatcher's play.
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64 out of 100
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