Seacia Pavao
Chris Nashawaty
March 13, 2015 AT 07:10 PM EDT

Cymbeline

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
director
Mike Alfreds
author
William Shakespeare

We gave it an C

Art-house auteur Michael Almereyda adapted Shakespeare to contemporary times in 2000’s Hamlet. Now he’s at it again with Cymbeline, a lesser work of the Bard’s. ’Tis a noble effort, but hath the stench of comedy where there be none. Penn Badgley and Dakota Johnson play lovers waylaid by a web of betrayal involving her mobster father (a leather-jacketed Ed Harris), crooked cops, and a roguish gambler (Ethan Hawke). The film has moments of real wit and stylish brutality, but its nods to modernity (motorcycles, iPads, Google) just feel like self-conscious stunts. C

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