• 80
    Keith Phipps The A.V. Club
    Hoffman (Soapdish, One Fine Day) leads a first-rate cast in an intelligent, fully realized adaptation of Shakespeare's most popular comedy that's at once highly cinematic and true to its source.
  • 80
    Dallas Observer
    One of the best of the many delights of director Michael Hoffman's new film -- is that he manages to have it both ways -- the gauzy fantasy and the bacchanal.
  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune
    Most of the original play's magical speeches are preserved here, and however far this film may seem to stray from the original text, the delights remain. [14 May 1999, Friday, p.A]
  • 70
    David Edelstein Slate
    Hoffman has wedged the play into a weirdly inapposite setting, has stupidly cut and even more stupidly embellished it, and has miscast it almost to a player. And yet the damn thing works: Shakespeare staggers through, mutilated but triumphant.
  • 63
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today
    The major flaw, the clash of acting styles, is at least fascinating to observe. [14 May 1999, Life, p.8E]
  • 60
    Emanuel Levy Variety
    Whimsical, intermittently enjoyable but decidedly unmagical.
  • 58
    Entertainment Weekly
    Kline turns in a bravura performance -- he's one of the few in this star-packed cast who actually knows what to do with Shakespeare's poetry.
  • 50
    Paula Nechak Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Shakespeare's comical, all-too-human tale of lust, foreplay and wordplay is buried beneath bad taste.
  • 50
    Ella Taylor L.A. Weekly
    The set design is gung-ho Hallmark (Tinkerbell lights, that sort of thing) with a strong whiff of Fellini (the fairy glade looks like a pre-Raphaelite red-light district).
  • 50
    Elvis Mitchell The New York Times
    A parade of incongruities, with performances ranging from the sublime to the you-know-what.