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Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Boston Globe
Branagh and Love's Labour's Lost all but will themselves into liftoff. They achieve it, and in doing so, they somehow make it right to our pleasure centers with their generous embrace of stardust and pizazz.
68
Mr. Showbiz
A trifle of a farce fashioned into a '30s musical that gaily trips as much as it lightly skips, but nonetheless marks a welcome return to form.
63
Chicago Sun-Times
There's not a song I wouldn't hear again with pleasure, or a clip that might not make me smile, but as a whole, it's not much. Like cotton candy, it's better as a concept than as an experience.
63
New York Daily News
The leaden bits do bring the proceedings to a screeching halt too many times, but the costumes are breathtaking, and the details (like color-coordinated martinis) are dazzling.
63
New York Post
Branagh's attempt to meld Shakespeare's densely verbal early comedy with Broadway show tunes fails, thanks to stunt casting, poor singing and dancing, and the incompatibility of the two art forms.
63
San Francisco Examiner
The writer-director has come up with a sumptuous, happy piece of fluff.
58
Entertainment Weekly
Too many moments of evident labor weigh this clever production down. To quote the playwright: ''Your wit's too hot, it speeds too fast, 'twill tire.''
50
USA Today
Even at its best, the movie plays like a clip reel.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
Has its moments of charm, but it's ultimately a fascinating failure that surely looked better on paper than it does on the screen.
40
Rolling Stone
Branagh's take on the play comes right up to the edge of disaster but stubbornly refuses to leap in.
25
San Francisco Chronicle
A stink bomb of a movie.

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