The outer layer is quirky and funny, but deep down this movie is as romantic and fragile as the conception of the work it chronicles. Despite historical inaccuracies, it plays almost as theatre itself. Minimal locations, characters, elaborate costumes, and romantic banter. For an avid fan of Shakespeare's (or whoever it was) work, this was a very entertaining two hours.
Certainly deserved some of the copious praise it received upon release. The script is quite good and the performances all around are believable and delightful. Deserves credit for bringing Shakespeare to the forefront of the country's consciousness again in a way that was palpable and easy going down.
After watching 'Saving Private Ryan', I thought an injustice had been done when I remembered that it didn't win Best Picture and 'Shakespeare' did. After watching this film, while I still think 'Ryan' was a bit better, I can respect the Academy's decision. This is a good film.
despite (or maybe because of ) all the Oscars it won I still consider this brilliant film to be one of the most underrated films ever. this is my favorite romantic comedy, period film and biopic (if it can be called that since it's not based on facts but entirely fictional).
I don't buy the negative reviews. This has so much going for it - and winds back the clock on that era's affection for British romantic comedies. The humour is modern and silly, and the chemistry is believable - and you can't find fault in the pacing. I mean, what did you expect, Welles? Ben Affleck is weirdly awesome, but it's Colin Firth, the vicious plantation owner who steals the show. Bravo!
Sweet playful fictive story about what could have lead Shakespeare into writing "Romeo and Juliet" and his later epics. The film has a poetic quality to it and a love for the theater that is lovely to behold. I guess it demands some love for the Bard's writings but Gwyneth Paltrow was not really the right person for the main role as her disguise as a man doesn't fool anyone.