All Is True

critic Reviews

72% Fresh Tomatometer Score72%
  • Impressively cast and beautifully filmed, All Is True takes an elegiac look at Shakespeare's final days.
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    Soren AndersenSeattle Times
    The movie's impressive appearance notwithstanding, Shakespeare's domestic problems do not a classic make.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    But mostly what "All is True" does is give viewers is a fresh look at Shakespeare, behind the guise, flaws and all. And if ever there was a man for that job, it's Branagh.
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    Ty BurrBoston Globe
    "All is True" is expertly acted and handsomely filmed but suffers from an excess of sentimentality, a rash of revelations, and a surfeit of subtext, with characters blurting out the hidden motives for their behavior instead of simply behaving them.
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    Chris HewittMinneapolis Star Tribune
    A fake schnoz significantly alters Branagh's appearance as the Bard of Avon, but his career-long interest in Shakespeare shines through.
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    Andrea GronvallChicago Reader
    In All Is True Branagh and Elton do what the Bard did himself: take something-be it someone else's idea, an historical fact, or a recent event-and mash it up with original material, to fashion an entertainment that feels real.
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    Matthew LickonaSan Diego Reader
    Ultimately, it's a bit on-the-nose, and the disconnect between Shakespeare's genius for character and his befuddled attempts at personal relationships makes for a man too bifurcated to believe, as if the fire that gutted the Globe also burned his brain.
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    Julian Lytleidobi.com
    This era's paragon of Shakespeare performers is able to take All is True to a new realm and humanize an iconic historical figure.
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    M.V. MoorheadPhoenix Magazine
    Branagh's pacing, intended as idyllic I guess, is glacial... That said, the acting is magnificent, from Dench and McKellan and the other supporting players, but above all from the star.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's almost like Shakespeare wrote this movie.
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    John TonesEspinof
    Kenneth Branagh transforms into Shakespeare and delivers one of the best films of his career. [Full Review in Spanish]
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