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87

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100
Chicago Sun-Times
I was carried along by the wit, the energy and a surprising sweetness.
100
The New Republic
With most historical films the informed viewer scrutinizes in order to cluck at errors. (There are books full of such cluckings.) With Shakespeare in Love, the more one knows, the more one can enjoy the liberties taken. [Jan. 4, 1999]
100
Entertainment Weekly
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.
90
Variety
Exquisitely acted, tightly directed and impressively assembled.
90
Chicago Reader
It's easy to suspend disbelief and embrace this historically creative fiction, whose clever relationship to what's known and what's unresolved is part of what makes it so intriguing and so romantic.
90
Mr. Showbiz
The result is a film that is as witty, astute, and romantic as its timeless subject.
88
USA Today
Accessibly brainy screen charmer.
80
Dallas Observer
These filmmakers have taken a historical figure and made him into a hot-blooded romantic hero. Shakespeare did that a time or two himself.
50
Christian Science Monitor
This romantic farce has a talented cast and energy to spare, but somehow the ingredients don't burn as brightly as one would expect from such promising ingredients.
40
Village Voice
It soon becomes evident just how inane a film this is.

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