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Much Ado About Nothing (2013)



Critic Consensus: Lighthearted to a fault, Much Ado About Nothing's giddy energy and intimate charm make for an entertaining romantic comedy -- and a Shakespearean adaptation that's hard to resist.

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Shakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's film, "Much Ado About Nothing". Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love. (c) Roadside Attractions

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Amy Acker
as Beatrice
Clark Gregg
as Leonato
Reed Diamond
as Don Pedro
Fran Kranz
as Claudio
Sean Maher
as Don John
Tom Lenk
as Verges
Emma Bates
as Ursula
Joshua Zar
as Leonato's aide
Nick Kocher
as First Watchman
Brian McElhaney
as Second Watchman
Paul Meston
as Friar Francis
Elsa Guillet-Chapuis
as The Photographer
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Critic Reviews for Much Ado About Nothing

All Critics (176) | Top Critics (56)

DP Jay Hunter's camera floats like a butterfly through doorways and windows, stinging as it catches characters in moments of eavesdropping-inspired stunned epiphany.

April 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Fizzing with giddy energy, this is the freshest, finest Shakespeare movie version of the 21st century.

September 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Loose, enjoyable, and sparkling, it's a movie that lives for the sound of clinking wine glasses and snappy patter.

June 21, 2016 | Full Review…

But it is the dark side of Much Ado-everything associated with the smearing of Hero's reputation and her lover Claudio's savage rejection of her-that emerges most forcefully here

November 5, 2013 | Full Review…

More familiar than fresh, but no less amusing. Whedon uses Shakespeare to remind audiences that the problems that existed in the seventeenth century remain relevant and embedded in the human heart.

November 2, 2013 | Full Review…

Much Ado About Nothing is a delightfully spirited romp, filled with visual splendor, strong performances and flashes of post-modern absurdity.

August 21, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Much Ado About Nothing

If you dislike Shakespeare or are unfamiliar with the story then stay away from this film.

Gregory Dark
Gregory Dark

Super Reviewer


I'm no Shakespeare aficionado. Save for high school reading and the stellar works of Kenneth Branagh, my exposure has been limited do to my finding a lot of the Bard's work unintelligible. But that didn't stop me from really enjoying "Much Ado About Nothing" and Joss Whedon's fresh, revisionist take. I've always found Shakespeare more palatable on the screen than page... so Whedon's light tone, snappy, jazzy rhythms and all around accessibility was right up my alley. The movie is also really funny. The cast (mainly Whedon regulars) was uniformly great, and at least half of the film's fun comes from them trying to deliver such lines in a not so theatrical way, while inhabiting such an idiosyncratic setting. The contemporary backdrop (Whedon's real home) really works here, and never distracts. It's actually why this "Much Ado" is so entertaining and so damn charming. Make no mistake, this is a minor film; and one that will leave viewers seeking out the next movie from the guy who directed The Avengers baffled. But it is also a fine entertainment and an adaptation for people who don't like Shakespeare and his enthusiasts alike.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer


I enjoyed it but I found it a bit hard to relate what was being said with the actual action. I would've preferred that they had adapted the dialogue as well. Good movie otherwise.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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