All Is True

All Is True

All Is True

Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as William Shakespeare in this biopic that recounts the final years of the Bard's life. Written by Ben Elton, and co-starring Judi Dench and Ian McKellen.

In 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his beloved Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, he returns to Stratford where a troubled past and a neglected family awaits him. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend family relationships and is forced to examine his failings as husband and father. His search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.

2018Rating: M, Offensive language & sexual references101 minsUK
DramaTrue Story & Biography

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Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as William Shakespeare in this biopic that recounts the final years of the Bard's life. Co-starring Judi Dench and Ian McKellen, you'd think this'd be the perfect material for Branagh to bring to life. Unfortunately, as Adam Fresco details, it's all a bit plodding and unconvincing.

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Variety

Variety

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.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

All Is True is sentimental, theatrical, likable - and unfashionable.

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Stuff

Stuff

All is True maybe delivers just enough to maybe please the Branagh and Dench diehards, but it's an insubstantial and frustrating film for the rest of us. Shame really.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

A tender, intelligent imagining of the playwright in retirement.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Shakespeare's genius and legacy are addressed, but not overly dwelled upon by the film, which is more interested in exploring his familial relationships and his lingering concerns over his social standing.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Watching Branagh and McKellen in gently dueling versions of Sonnet 29 provides that pleasure; the rest of "All Is True," unfortunately, strains to honour its beloved subject.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A serviceable take on the Bard's latter days.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A quiet and meditative portrait of the artist as a retiree, this lacks incident or high stakes but has an elegiac feeling of regret and reckoning that fits its subject's twilight years.

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