Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: December 29, 2004
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Generally favorable reviews based on 39 Ratings
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JamesH.Jan 15, 2005
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 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. Expand
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NathanC.Jan 7, 2005
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 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
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DGJan 10, 2005
Antisemitic plot should not be celebrated in the twenty-first century, however beautifully rendered.
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