"Yes, three stars is rather generous for this confusing
drama, which tries to take Shakespeare's maxim,
good theatre does not depend on historical accuracy
and apply the same to the film medium . . . Thus
we have two hours of glaring anachronisms as we see
the Shakespeare canon being thrown into the cinematic
blender and given a good whisking. I'm not an Oxford
don, but I know enough about Shakespeare and his
times to know that this particular tale is extremely far--fetched .. The screenplay uses complexity to mask
its anarchronisms, . .almost every scene is dimly lit .
( yes we know they only had candles in the sixteeth century) William Shakespeare, it seems, was a congenital idiot .who managed to fool the whole of
Elizabethan London into thinking he was a Renaissance
genius .. . . However, the film has its moments, and
although not a patch on Shakespeare in Love in
terms of artistic acomplishment,, it attempts at least to
engage the critical faculties . . . ."