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100
Joss Whedon's take on Shakespeare's classic tale is swanky, sexy and sophisticated, as bracing as a dry martini poured from a silver shaker on a summer night.
100
Would the magic hold? The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end.
88
The first filmed Shakespeare comedy in decades that's actually funny.
88
Finally! A romantic comedy that works. And not just because of Shakespeare.
88
Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing is just about the sloppiest Shakespeare ever put on the screen. It may also be the most exhilarating - a profound trifle that reminds you how close Shakespeare's comedies verge on darkness before pirouetting back into the light.
80
More than most adaptations, this is a film true to Shakespeare's practice of employing all means at hand to keep the crowd entertained.
80
An absolute delight, as merry as the day is long.
75
Whedon, without skimping on the tale's tragic undercurrents, has crafted an irresistible blend of mirth and malice.
75
The film isn't as fast and funny as it could be, although Nathan Fillion's easily offended constable injects some sorely needed comic relief.
75
Whedon has made the Bard accessible and that achievement places him alongside Branagh in the exclusive club of directors who can handle both superheroes and Shakespeare effectively.
70
Even if snorkeling wasn't a major sport in 16th-century Sicily, where the action was originally set, the joyous spirit of the play has been preserved in this modest, homegrown production.

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