The Merchant of Venice

User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 39
  2. Negative: 5 out of 39

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  1. IlzeS.
    Aug 6, 2005
    5
    Movie was almost good. Book is far better.About costumes:"The Phantom Of The Opera" is far better,like costume drama. Music is good, sometimes movie is slow. I hoped for better adaption.
  2. TracyR.
    Feb 25, 2005
    5
    Big problems with tone, perhaps inherent in the source material, but heck if you can't solve them, why make the film? Pacino does as well as he can, but the (as aptly said by another poster) general smugness is offensive.
  3. Mar 8, 2014
    5
    Not a big fan of Shakespeare stories or movies. I haven't read the book / script, so I wasn't aware of the story. The film manages to build up some tension, but it was overlong.
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    10
    The single worst Shakespeare film ever made.
  2. Pacino gives a keenly measured performance, leading an excellent British cast through their paces in a richly colorful production that should please selective audiences and adds to the list of major film adaptations of Shakespeare's work.
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    Despite a series of disclaimers about the treatment of Jews in the 16th century, there's even less disguising onscreen than onstage that this is an uncomfortably anti-Semitic play and somewhat problematic for contempo audiences.