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The way that Oscar-winning screenwriters Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard enfold their story within the parameters of Romeo and Juliet (and even Twelfth Night) is nothing short of brilliant--it would take a Shakespearean scholar to dissect the innumerable parallels, oft-quoted lines, plot developments, and thematic borrowings. And most amazingly, Norman and Stoppard haven't forgotten to entertain their audience in addition to riding a Shakespearean roller coaster, with director John Madden (Mrs. Brown) reigning in his huge ensemble with rollicking energy. Along the way there are small gems to be found, including Judi Dench's eight-minute, Oscar-winning turn as a truly regal Queen Elizabeth, but the key element of Shakespeare in Love's success rests on the milky-white shoulders of its two stars. Fiennes, inexplicably overlooked at Oscar time, is a dashing, heartfelt Will, and as for Best Actress winner Paltrow, well, nothing she'd done before could have prepared viewers for how amazing she is here. Breathtakingly beautiful, fiercely intelligent, strong-willed, and lovestruck--it's a performance worthy of Shakespeare in more ways than one. By the film's end, you'll be thoroughly won over--and brushing up your Shakespeare with newfound ardor. --Mark Englehart --This text refers to the VHS Tape edition.
Story line not great. Probably historically accurate. Definitely not a "watch-again" DVD or one to be added to a collection.Published 7 months ago by Gail Macmillan
I loved this film.
It is about a fictional love affair between Shakespeare & his love for a woman who desires to be an actress. Read more
This is not a review of the film which harvested 7 Academy Awards but of this blu-ray release. It is the worst I have so far. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2011 by Karl Mauk
The product is out of Canada and therefore 1080i not p as we are accustomed. The shipping charges are outrageous. I think I could have shipped a case of them for this price. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2011 by lady4951
First, my Sharp bluray player had trouble playing this disc. And I have the latest firmware. There is no initial menu, the disc just starts playing and all you can do is change... Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2010 by Iconoclast
This is one of the best written films of the past 30 years and it's incredibly romantic and funny as well. Read morePublished on July 13 2010 by Shane Anthony
Although Geoffrey Rush is not the star of the film, he delivers a memorable performance, as usual. Fiennes does, also. Read morePublished on June 16 2004
Before I start out, I should say that I am NOT one of those people who think they have to deride "Shakespeare in Love" because it's a "chick flick" and therefore unworthy(?! Read morePublished on June 12 2004