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Much Ado About Nothing

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Joss Whedon

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Plot Summary

Joss Whedon's sexy and contemporary spin on Shakespeare's classic comedy about the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick - offering a sensual, dark and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 153
  • Fresh: 129
  • Rotten: 24
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Much Ado About Nothing is a delightfully spirited romp, filled with visual splendor, strong performances and flashes of post-modern absurdity. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Aug 21, 2013

Fresh: The movie swings along, with a grace denied to some of Whedon's grander projects ... – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Jul 1, 2013

Fresh: Finally! A romantic comedy that works. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jun 20, 2013

Rotten: This fast and loose independent production is enjoyable as a home movie, but not much more. – Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Jun 21, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Brilliant Bard

For those who complain that you "don't understand the language" (Sushi, I'm looking at you), this adaptation reminds me how vibrant and alive our language is. Just like you tune your ear to understand rap, you tune your ear to understand the Bard. But Sir William has something Jay-Z or Missy E don't: an understanding of human behavior. Love, jealousy, revenge, passion and buffoonery are all universal and timeless behaviors. In Mr Whedon's film, they are beautifully executed.

Rather than complain that you don't understand the language, elevate yourself, step up. There is a world of beauty and truth waiting, and 'Much Ado' captures it all.


An incredible adaptation. Both skillfully and artfully produced by a group of actors who are more than just colleagues, they're friends. - and you can see it in their performances‘. Gives us more Mr. Whedon. Give us more!

This May Be Shakespeare, but. . .

. . . what it really is is the ending to "Angel" that Joss Whedon was unable to deliver in 2004. I went into this wondering if I might see Amy Acker "out-Beatricing" Emma Thompson, but what I wound up with was the perfect romantic conclusion to Joss Whedon's near-perfect series "Angel." There really is no comparison between this film and Kenneth Branagh"s 1993 adaptation as they are both near-perfect realizations of The Bard's most luminous of comedies. No one - I believe - will ever surpass Emma Thompson's interpretation of Beatrice, as directed by her then-husband Kenneth Branagh, but Whedon has managed to not only give us a wonderfully entertaining new take on Shakespeare's best comedy but also coaxed out of his two co-stars, Alexis Denisof and the criminally under-appreciated Amy Acker, the conclusion to a love story that has been far too long in the making. And the bit where "Detective" Dogberry, here portrayed by the ever-entertaining Nathan Fillion, realizes he's locked his keys in the car, is not to be missed!

P.S. - To all of you out there put off by the language: what the characters are speaking is not called "Shakespearean" - it is "English" and you might do well by familiarizing yourselves with it!