Shakespeare in Love

Lists: Comedy, Biopic, Historical, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time, Best Picture Winners from the 1990s, Chick Flicks, Shakespeare on Film, Best Picture nominee 1990 to 1999

Brief Synopsis: "Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love -- and his play finds a new life (and title). As their relationship progresses, Shakespeare's comedy soon transforms into tragedy."

Overall Ranking: 1544 (Rank from 1998: # 19)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 42.86%
Regular 28.57%
Half-Popped 28.57%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Rob from GuysFilmQuest93
Dan O'Neill90 - The pacing may be a bit off, but Shakespeare in Love is an amazing romantic comedy, that has hilarious and sweet screenplay, that provides great attention to detail, as well as perfect performances from the cast, that just allow you to be entertained and have a great time while watching no matter how much or how little you know of Shakespeare.
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J Bumgardner85
David Baruffi80
CinemaVisitor Erik70
Ryan from Ten Stars Or Less60(full review)
Annwyn S40

People Involved

  • Joseph Fiennes (Will Shakespeare)
  • Geoffrey Rush (Philip Henslowe)
  • Tom Wilkinson (Hugh Fennyman)
  • Judi Dench (Queen Elizabeth)
  • Imelda Staunton (Nurse)
  • Colin Firth (Lord Wessex)
  • Joe Roberts (John Webster)
  • Gwyneth Paltrow (Viola De Lesseps)
  • Simon Callow (Tilney)
  • Ben Affleck (Ned Alleyn)
  • Steven Beard (Makepeace)
  • Jim Carter (Ralph Bashford)
  • Rupert Everett (Christopher Marlowe)
  • Martin Clunes (Richard Burbage)
  • Tim McMullan (Frees)
  • John Madden (Director)
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