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All Is True (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Impressively cast and beautifully filmed, All Is True takes an elegiac look at Shakespeare's final days.

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The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.

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Kenneth Branagh
as William Shakespeare
Ian McKellen
as Henry Wriothesley
Judi Dench
as Anne Hathaway
Kathryn Wilder
as Judith Shakespeare

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In All Is True Branagh and Elton do what the Bard did himself: take something-be it someone else's idea, an historical fact, or a recent event-and mash it up with original material, to fashion an entertainment that feels real.

May 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Ultimately, it's a bit on-the-nose, and the disconnect between Shakespeare's genius for character and his befuddled attempts at personal relationships makes for a man too bifurcated to believe, as if the fire that gutted the Globe also burned his brain.

May 17, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Branagh's performance is a minor miracle, building a poignant portrait of a man whose painful and belated acquisition of self-knowledge finally saves him and enriches everybody around him. If Shakespeare wasn't like this, he should have been.

May 16, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

"All is True" shows a better eye and a less fussy, more purposeful sense of rhythm and pacing than all but one or two of the Shakespeare adaptations Branagh has brought to the screen.

May 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[A]n intriguing speculative drama about the playwright's final years.

May 14, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Given the impossibility of crafting William Shakespeare into a believable human being, the film is an honorable try.

May 14, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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