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All Is True

The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own ... [+]
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"A mesmerizing meditation on the last days of the greatest writer in the English language (…) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 5)"  POS
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Jeannette Catsoulis
The New York Times
"Yet while 'All Is True' might not brim with excitement, it’s beautifully acted, richly photographed (...) and blessedly free of histrionics.  POS
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Joe Morgenstern
The Wall Street Journal
"The screenplay (...) wasn't woven from whole cloth. But its inventions and speculations aren't very interesting. Nowhere do they hint at the man who gave us the plays"  NEG
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Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
"A serviceable take on the Bard's latter days (...) A labor of love, to be sure, but a simple, small-scaled domestic drama with none of the broad appeal of the hugely popular 'Shakespeare in Love'"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"The great poet is played here with genial sympathy by the film’s director, Kenneth Branagh (...) I liked the long scenes of winter drear (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States
Peter Debruge
"The result is a revisionist fiasco, too dense with Shakespeare allusions for casual moviegoers, and too fast and loose with the facts for those who know a thing or two about the man."  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Jonathan Romney
"A tender, intelligent imagining of the playwright in retirement. Restrained and moving, with a highly literate script by Ben Elton and a slew of fine performances from grandees and up-and-comers alike"  POS
United StatesUnited States
David Ehrlich
"There isn’t a plot so much as a series of terse encounters (...) 'All Is True' never amounts to the sum of all the many parts that Shakespeare may have played in his time or thereafter."  NEG
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Kevin Maher
The Times
"A fiercely intelligent and poignant drama about family, grief and the tyranny of genius. Branagh is appealing, and frequently appalling (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
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Elizabeth Weitzman
The Wrap
"It’s hard to watch 'All Is True' without noticing what’s missing most: the nimble wit and profound insight we’ve already seen in Branagh’s own Shakespearean adaptations."  NEG
Kaleem Aftab
"Its merit is that it gives some realism to the mythical character of Shakespeare"  POS
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