Scott Brown
January 05, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Love's Labour's Lost

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
95 minutes
performer
Kenneth Branagh, Natascha McElhone, Alessandro Nivola, Alicia Silverstone, Nathan Lane, Matthew Lillard
director
Kenneth Branagh
genre
Historical, Romance

We gave it a C+

Lost, indeed. Branagh’s once charming Bardolatry has officially transmogrified into shameless, numbskulled pageantry. Here, he takes a potentially engaging concept (love-comedy as pre-WWII movie-musical) and ruins it with unrestrained mugging, pedantic newsreel narration (for you morons who don’t speak the Shakespeare), and out-of-the-blue dance spasms. As for the original conceit — a bookish, all-male kingdom invaded by witty damsels — well, who’s got time to lampoon academic patriarchy when there’s a Cole Porter song to butcher! C+

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