Sight and Sound - 10/??/1999
"...Endearing....[Flockhart's] verse delivery is impeccable..."
Total Film - 10/01/1999
"...A great movie and a talented cast..."
Box Office - 07/01/1999
"...The fairy kingdom looks enchantingly like a Victorian illustration come to life..."
USA Today - 05/14/1999
"...Eye-pleasing....The mock tragedy of doomed sweethearts Pyramus and Thisbe is done in fine burlesque style with a surprisingly plaintive end..."
Michael Hoffman's film adaptation of Shakespeare's magical comedy of a love-tangled quadrangle shimmers with sumptuous cinematography and a truly stellar cast that includes Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stanley Tucci, Rupert Everett, Calista Flockhart, and Sam Rockwell. Relocated from Athens to an Italian villa, the film follows the romantic misadventures of four would-be lovers; at the beginning of the film Helena loves Demetrius who loves Hermia who loves Lysander, but all of that undergoes a change when the four young people chase each other into the woods and wander into the domain of Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the Fairies), and the mischievous magic of Puck who possesses a flower that causes people to fall in love with the first person they encounter. Into the hilarity and confusion stumble a hapless band of laborers rehearsing a play for the Duke's wedding. One of the band, Nick Bottom, a humble weaver, is given the head of donkey and then, through the power of the flower, wins the love of Titania herself. After a dizzying whirl of magic, mayhem, and a million minor follies of the heart, everything is sorted out and everyone finds, at last, their match.