All Is True (2018) - Biography, Drama, History

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A look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare.

IMDB: 6.1
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench
Length: 101 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 13 out of 46 found boring (28.26%)

One-line Reviews (37)

Unless you are Shakespeare aficionado curious about what his imagined retirement might have been like, then you'll probably find this film as dull as dishwater.

Despite usually being a fan of periodic dramas, we found this film incredibly boring.

Extremely slow and boring, with only a few occasional sparks generated by the magic of Shakespeare's writing adapted into the dialogue.

I was taken aback with the very slow pace and frequent use of wide shots.

I have one spoiler fact to this otherwise enjoyable and well-crafted film.

Thirdly, I thought the drama was uneven, slow and a bit plodding with spikes of drama that fizzled out after a while.

Quiet and fascinating rendition of the Bard's retiement.

Overall, All Is True is an engrossing personal drama, with strong and intimate emotion throughout that tells a fascinating dramatic story, furthered by an excellent lead performance from Kenneth Branagh.

The story was engaging despite that a large portion was likely conjecture and speculation as very little is known about Shakespeare's life.


Very dry .

To a public fed on fast-paced editing, frenetic camera movement, and constant plot development, this is bound to seem like a ponderous waste of time.

Proving an intriguing character study that opens up differing perspectives on Shakespeare as a man, the film manages to give an intimate and deep portrayal of the great writer's inner psyche, and whether or not it matches with the reality of history, it makes for fascinating viewing, with strong drama pulsating right the way through the film.

Finally, while the movie does do a good job at providing intimate and engrossing emotional drama throughout, it just misses out on an extra level of depth in its portrayal of the last days of the great Shakespeare.

It is all a bit sad and slow, but with some pleasant touches that make it worth watching.

But historical accuracy doesn't always have to tell the whole story, and when it comes to the plot at hand, All Is True does a rather good job at making it an engrossing watch, particularly as it centres on the unexpected domestic turbulence of the Shakespeare household upon his final return from London.

Taking some bold historical interpretations from the information available, the film comes up with an engrossing and emotionally riveting story, with an intimacy that makes for enthralling watching throughout, although its credentials as a historical piece are a little undermined by the fact that its story should be taken with rather a large pinch of salt.


But the slow pace might bother the fast-cut lovers and traditionalists.

It is slow and slightly precious.

Branagh's performance is flat and uninspiring and brings no spark or insight into his portrayal of this wonderfully interesting literary genius.

However, had potential to be slow at times.

An Unexpected Father-Daughter Story .

This is a slow moving maudlin soap opera about the Bard coming back to Stratford to retire and try to reconcile family matters with the wife Anne nee Hathaway and the two daughters.

At one point, William proclaims with un-Shakespeare-like banality, "I've lived so long in imaginary worlds, I think I've lost sight of what is real.

What a load of pretentious clap-trap.

But there are passionate outbursts and exciting reveals, unlike what some other reviews state.

This was dull drama - I would never watch this again, so please don't ask me!

In that, while the film does look at the nature and importance of his great body of work, he's actually a very likable and engrossing lead for the story at hand.

I found the film to be a complete failure and a torturous waste of 101 minutes of my life that I will never get back.

Unfortunately, Elton eschews comedy for drama in 'All is True', yet it's movie-of-the-week style drama; boring and predictable.

All is tedious .

The script is boring beyond belief, with the exception of bits of Shakespeare dialogue shoehorned in to relieve the tedium.

It seems to have bypassed the drama and exhilarating pacing found in his plays and settled on a dry dot to dot joining of imagined dreary family episodes based on a few known facts.

The pacing often dragged, and the garden metaphor - while apt - became tedious at times.

Boring beyond belief .

During the pre-release screening (USA), the director revealed a fascinating fact: several of the interior scenes were lit by candles, absent of any set lights.