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June 18, 2019
The movie's impressive appearance notwithstanding, Shakespeare's domestic problems do not a classic make.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 24, 2019
But mostly what "All is True" does is give viewers is a fresh look at Shakespeare, behind the guise, flaws and all. And if ever there was a man for that job, it's Branagh.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 24, 2019
"All is True" is expertly acted and handsomely filmed but suffers from an excess of sentimentality, a rash of revelations, and a surfeit of subtext, with characters blurting out the hidden motives for their behavior instead of simply behaving them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 23, 2019
A fake schnoz significantly alters Branagh's appearance as the Bard of Avon, but his career-long interest in Shakespeare shines through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 17, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 16, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 16, 2019
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 14, 2019
[A]n intriguing speculative drama about the playwright's final years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 14, 2019
Given the impossibility of crafting William Shakespeare into a believable human being, the film is an honorable try.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 14, 2019
How do you make a legend as imposing as Shakespeare flesh? "All Is True" suggests you can't, if not even Branagh, Dench, McKellen, et al. can bring him down to earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 10, 2019
The women suffer under hats the size of fire hydrants. The music is mostly scored for piano and mush. And our attention is drawn, at inordinate length, to landscapes that look too fanciful to be rooted in the real.
May 10, 2019
Branagh's easy-on-the-eyes (and the ears) drama... offers enough small, detail-rich pleasures to make it worth checking out.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 10, 2019
Purists may have a field day with All Is True, and it does have a tendency to lag, but I found myself thinking about it days after I'd seen it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 9, 2019
The screenplay, by Ben Elton, wasn't woven from whole cloth. But its inventions and speculations aren't very interesting. Nowhere do they hint at the man who gave us the plays
May 9, 2019
Between them, Branagh and Elton have concocted a respectful story of loss, regret and wistful genius.
May 9, 2019
in a mesmerizing meditation on Shakespeare's last days, director-star Kenneth Branagh shuns the idea of the Bard as a literary rock star to find the flawed, touchingly human man inside.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 7, 2019
Solid, creative melodrama is nothing to sneeze at, but it can't compete with enduring genius.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 10, 2019
Dramatically it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 8, 2019
For Branagh's part, despite that initially offputting prosthetic, as Shakespeare he delivers every nuance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 6, 2019
All Is True is a mellow, bustling, sweet-natured literary biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 30, 2019
Iit's the absence of grandstanding, of Stoppardian showing off, that makes this film different, as a lovely meditation on what parts of a man's legacy truly matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 15, 2019
It dodges the pitfalls of luvviedom and period camp to produce a fiercely intelligent and poignant drama about family, grief and the tyranny of genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 21, 2018
Slowly, as the thematic center of the film begins to take shape, so does Branagh's character - and in those moments the audience is treated to what amounts to nothing short of a Christmas gift for any Anglophile or Shakespeare lover.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 21, 2018
Forget all of it being true; I would have settled for some of it being interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 21, 2018
A serviceable take on the Bard's latter days.
December 21, 2018
Alas, rather than model itself on Shakespeare's own history plays, which carefully select and structure events with an eye toward plot and theme, All Is True is an overstuffed mess.
December 21, 2018
All Is True is sentimental, theatrical, likable - and unfashionable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 21, 2018
The result is a revisionist fiasco, too dense with Shakespeare allusions for casual moviegoers, and too fast and loose with the facts for those who know a thing or two about the man.
Top Critic
December 20, 2018
In this lovely ode to a literary master, Branagh shows us what his hero always understood - that life may be an endlessly unfolding mystery, but in art, all is true.
December 18, 2018
Watching Branagh and McKellen in gently dueling versions of Sonnet 29 provides that pleasure; the rest of "All Is True," unfortunately, strains to honor its beloved subject.