Stage Beauty Synopsis
1600's actor famous for playing females has to re-establish his identity once women start acting.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Rated R | For sexual content and language