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Shakespeare in Love

By Chloe Mead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Lavish historical drama has explicit sex scenes.

Movie R 1998 122 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 16+

Fast forward through sex scenes and enjoy with your tweens!

age 17+

unfortunately, because of the nudity, I don't recommend this Harvey Weinstein film for most children/teens

This is a great movie, but the nudity is the real spoiler. Watch the movie first before you let your children watch it. (And remember, the whole time that you are watching this movie, that Harvey Weinstein won an Academy Award as producer because of this picture. No doubt he had a hand in promoting the unnecessary nudity.)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (16 ):

Shakespeare in Love paints a stunning, nuanced portrait of life and theater in the Elizabethan era. All the actors thoroughly embody their characters, from the brooding eyes and ink-stained fingers of Joseph Fiennes' Shakespeare, to Gwyneth Paltrow's ethereal and independent Viola, and a superlative cast of supporting actors, including Ben Affleck as a prima donna actor and Judi Dench as a formidable Queen Elizabeth.

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