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  • Summary: Branagh turned Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" into a 1930s-style romantic musical comedy, topped with retro dance numbers and classic songs.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 29
  2. Negative: 11 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Branagh and Love's Labour's Lost all but will themselves into liftoff. They achieve it, and in doing so, they somehow make it right to our pleasure centers with their generous embrace of stardust and pizazz.
  2. The writer-director has come up with a sumptuous, happy piece of fluff.
  3. 63
    There's not a song I wouldn't hear again with pleasure, or a clip that might not make me smile, but as a whole, it's not much. Like cotton candy, it's better as a concept than as an experience.
  4. 50
    Love's Labour's Lost is flawed, but Kenneth Branagh remains our greatest living interpreter of Shakespeare.
  5. 40
    Branagh's take on the play comes right up to the edge of disaster but stubbornly refuses to leap in.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    But this is a sloppy job, both in little goofs...and in the cast's gung-ho amateurism. It's like Shakespeare done by the "Fame" kids.
  7. Misguided version of one of the Bard's best comedies.

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