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89
Austin Chronicle
For my money the most gloriously, enchantingly trivial play in the Shakespearean canon, A Midsummer Night's Dream may also be the most screwup-proof of the bard's works.
88
ReelViews
A thoroughly enjoyable piece of cinema that does credit to its director and cast.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
It is an enchanted folly suggesting that romance is a matter of chance, since love is blind; at the right moment we are likely to fall in love with the first person our eyes light upon.
75
A playful, sexy piece of work -- just what the Bard might have conjured up for a movie adaptation of his beloved spring-fever comedy.
75
Chicago Tribune
Most of the original play's magical speeches are preserved here, and however far this film may seem to stray from the original text, the delights remain. [14 May 1999, Friday, p.A]
75
A gorgeous sliver of grown-up ambrosia.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The well chosen cast helps -- no one strikes a false note.
63
USA Today
The major flaw, the clash of acting styles, is at least fascinating to observe. [14 May 1999, Life, p.8E]
58
Entertainment Weekly
Kline turns in a bravura performance -- he's one of the few in this star-packed cast who actually knows what to do with Shakespeare's poetry.
50
Christian Science Monitor
If the picture is often less spellbinding than it wants to be, it's partly Hoffman's fault for creating fantasy moods through traditional stage devices -- lavish props, cute makeup, peek-a-boo costumes -- that seem rather tame for this age of morphed-up visual surprises.
50
A thoroughly respectable affair: Your high school English teacher would approve, and parts are terrifically enjoyable.

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