Box art for Love's Labour's Lost

Love's Labour's Lost

  • Rated PG
  • HD and SD formats available

comedy, romance

Kenneth Branaghpresents a sexy, glamorous and fun 1930's-style musical that features the classic songs of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and more!

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
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A noble experiment that didn't quite work out.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that a sexy dance scene played in masks includes a man running his tongue over a woman's decolletage. There are some sexual puns, though they will likely go undetected.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how this adaptation compares with other movies based on Shakespearean classics. Does the movie's more contemporary setting work well with the Bard's language, or do they contrast too much? What makes something a good adaptation?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Even though Love's Labour's Lost is, in showbiz terms, a turkey stuffed with chestnuts, you wouldn't trade it for a pot of gold.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Saturday, January 1, 2000


- Catharine Tunnacliffe, eye WEEKLY, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rotten: Alicia Silverstone was better as Batgirl than in this piece of garbage. I don't think she even understood what she was saying.

- Chris Gore, Film Threat, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Branagh's idea is to conjoin Shakespearean comedy with 1930's era Hollywood musicals ... what could go wrong? At first I felt as if I were having a tooth pulled, without novacaine. The performances? I remembered the Freudian nightmare of appearing in public naked and finally concluded the cast was far, far braver than I. By the finale it didn't hurt as bad ... but no one will be pleased with this. Only Nathan Lane manages to escape completely unscathed.

- ApeneckFletcher, Friday, April 27, 2012

2 stars

One of the kind of films that you wished you could love more than you actually do. Because they don't really do anything wrong. They take Shakespeare's play and put it into the 1930s musical era, with all the singing, dancing and water ballet that comes with it. The songs are more or less familiar, some performances really fun and good, others somewhat boring. The cast is great, only Matthew Lillard feels like the odd man out, the set pieces and design rather lovely. It's hard to say why the film didn't work for me anyway. Sometimes it was hard to keep track why things were happening the way they turned out, and I usually didn't have a problem with Shakespeare's language. I felt a bit let down after all, only the ending was rather sweet. I suppose it's one for Musical or Shakespeare fanatics, everyone else feel free to skip. Sadly.

- ironclad1609, Monday, June 15, 2009

4 stars

Okay, so this Branagh go at Shakespeare may leave out a lot of the Bard's words, but the spirit is definitely there. Strictly speaking, in the classic sense, comedy does not necessarily equal ha-ha funny. To put it in truly simplistic terms, comedy has only to follow a certain path. With tragedy in the classic sense, there is the trajectory of rise and fall, whereas with comedy, there is fall and rise -- with or without yucks. One need only compare Branagh's attempt with that of the BBC's complete dramatic works of Shakespeare attempt, to see that Branagh has infused the play with the proper spirit, the lively humor it should have. The BBC attempt is so droningly unpleasant -- although much truer to the text -- that it feels in the aftermath like a disheartening tragedy. As I've said before, I hope Branagh does all of Shakespeare's plays before he blows out the candle. Every one of his productions breathes vibrant bright life into the plays, closer to the text or not. I think if Shakespeare saw this adaptation, he'd love it.

- binky013, Wednesday, December 3, 2008