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7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
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  1. JamesH.
    Jan 15, 2005
    2
    This is a movie that, by virtue of the original play, is disturbingly antii-Semitic. Director Radford could have modified the original version of the story to play to a 21st century audience. We are made to sympathize with Portia and her allies as they strip Shylock of his last shred of dignity. I, for one, was filled with revulsion rather than ethereal amusement as the movie concluded.
  2. DG
    Jan 10, 2005
    0
    Antisemitic plot should not be celebrated in the twenty-first century, however beautifully rendered.
  3. NathanC.
    Jan 7, 2005
    0
    A film of two halves incoherently thrust into an unsatisfying whole. The atrocious racism of the comedic plot of Portia kills any laughs prematurely, and the smugness of the rich Christian bunnies frolicking about makes you desire Antonio's pound of flesh as much as Shylock. Like Pearl Harbour you cant wait for the supposed good-guys to get what they deserve, but unlike that film you A film of two halves incoherently thrust into an unsatisfying whole. The atrocious racism of the comedic plot of Portia kills any laughs prematurely, and the smugness of the rich Christian bunnies frolicking about makes you desire Antonio's pound of flesh as much as Shylock. Like Pearl Harbour you cant wait for the supposed good-guys to get what they deserve, but unlike that film you are deprived the gratification of it enacted. If racism, anti semitism, upper class smugness and disgustingly poor aesthetics are your idea of a good film, then jump for it. Expand
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. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    80
    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.