All Is True

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74% Audience Score74%
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    Best film I've seen in probably five years. Branagh is stunning on screen. It is stylish without falling into slick, gorgeous without getting lost and a deeply satisfying film.
  • 3 of 5 stars
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    I like the idea: to get a human look at Shakespeare during his final years. I’m not quite sure how well they captured it. The obsession with his lost son was rather overdone I thought. I expected that plot point to wear off, but it consumed the whole film. That’s an awfully small plot point to build everything around. The family troubles and his efforts to recover some sort of relationship with his wife and daughters worked rather better. It is occasionally too feminist in approach: this was the seventeenth century after all and this seemed designed to tug on our heartstrings a bit too blatantly. And there was at least one final revelation more than there needed to be. Shakespeare was actually little known in his day outside of London circles, where he was just one among many playwrights, so a lot of the hero worship is completely ahistorical. I didn’t mind because I thought that was the joke, and I guess it was although they never gave us anything better than a mild chuckle when adoring fans hunt him down. The film’s beautiful to look at, with some lovely Tudor houses serving as the setting of Stratford. Shakespeare actually lived IN the town, about a block away from his old school, so his country manor’s a bit odd. It looks more like his wife’s family farm than his. Branagh looks great as Will. They give him some excellent prosthetics to make him more like a cross between the famous painting and his chubby-faced grave memorial and it really works. I don’t think we’ve ever seen a Shakespeare quite as close to life as this. The performances are all great. It’s a delight to see Judi Dench again, although it cracks me up that she’s so much older than Kenneth Branagh. Anne Hathaway was indeed older than Will, but only by a few years.
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    Initially I was having doubts over Kenneth Branagh playing Shakespeare, the Bard himself. He proved me wrong as he portrayed a humility, intelligent and poignant man in a drama about family, grief and the tyranny of genius.
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    Warm colors and interpretations, and a story that, if it is indeed all true, has enough gasoline to propel the movie until the end... and if it's not, we won't care too much anyway.
  • 4 of 5 stars
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    A bit slow in spots and a bit too tailored to modern politically correct sensibilities, but universal truths still shine through and the slow spots serve to build anticipation.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    Beautifully acted, atmospherically filmed with a great soundtrack. One of the most beautiful and moving films I have ever seen.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    Truly Oscar-worthy screenplay, and an outstanding performance by Kathryn Wilder as Judith Shakespeare. A visually gorgeous production.
  • 2 of 5 stars
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    Visually gorgeous, as to be expected. Excellent performances, of course. Incredibly slow and overly sentimental, surprise!
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    For Shakespeare-lovers, it’s a fresh look at the bard that kindles all the best memories of his work. For non-Shakespeare-lovers, it will personalize him in a way that makes him human. Either way, it’s a real gem—another win for Branagh!
  • 2.5 of 5 stars
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    This story takes place after Shakespeare quit writing and directing—literally after all the exciting parts of his life were over. Cue movie! Interesting information about this part of Shakespeare’s life, though. Moves at a pace fitting of the 1600s.