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Shakespeare in Love

Young Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman (Gwyneth Paltrow) auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love -- and his play finds a new life (and title). As their relationship progresses, Shakespeare's comedy soon transforms into tragedy. This bittersweet romance won seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress.
Netflix Rating: 3.6
NYT Critics' Pick
Young Will Shakespeare meets Viola and gets his creativity back. Rollicking, passionate and exhilaratingly clever. Read the review
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Accessible, entertaining and fun for modern audiences. Exquisitely acted, tightly directed and impressively assembled, this lively period piece is the kind of arty gem with potentially broad appeal that Miramax certainly knows how to sell.
Lael Loewenstein, Variety  full review
 
It's easy to suspend disbelief and embrace this historically creative fiction, whose clever relationship to what's known and what's unresolved is part of what makes it so intriguing and so romantic.
Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader  full review
 
It's a literary burlesque, remarkably clever and quick on its feet. It is ardently romantic but is at its best when it is funny. And it's funny.
Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle  full review
 
Seems the Bard is badly blocked.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
 
A happy conceit smoothly executed, this is one of those entertaining confections that's so pleasing to the eye and ear you'd have to be a genuine Scrooge to struggle against it.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
Prepare to be ravished!
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
 
I was carried along by the wit, the energy and a surprising sweetness.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
Like some of Shakespeare's own, unclassifiable plays that bounce between comedy and tragedy, it's a wonderful mess.
Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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