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: 19 out of 61 found boring (31.14%)

One-line Reviews (57)

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

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.

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.

It is slow and slightly precious.

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.

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: dull.

The story is insightful and mostly satisfying; the acting is superb; the cinematography is breathtaking.

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.

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.

What a load of pretentious clap-trap.

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

I heartily enjoyed Kathryn Wilder, (a bold, talented actress that Branagh has taken to casting in recent years), in her strong, riveting performance as Judith Shakespeare, the twin of Hamnet, Shakespeare's only son, (who died in childhood).

Slow and quite dark in mood at times, this film also sparks with the brilliant, buoyant, Branagh touch .

This may be a gorgeous looking film, well acted, especially by Ian McKellen as the Earl of Southampton and the object of Will's deepest affection, (it would appear Mr Shakespeare was at least bisexual), but otherwise very much on the dull side.

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.

It's definitely worth watching, and it will come in handy in English classes where it may provide heaps of topics for discussion and investigation.

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

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.


To a Shakespeare aficionado, it is still entertaining, if at times exasperating, and to repeat: the acting is great, and the cinematography is an eyeful.

The climax of the film seems very contrived and unconvincing.

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

I found the pace a little slow, and I found some questions still unanswered, and I wish there had been more examination about why he quit both writing and the London theater at his and its height.

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

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

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.

Slow moving and occasionally witty this is an interesting perspective on the bard in his last few years.

The subject matter would seem fascinating upon first glance, and indeed I was intrigued by the lesser know part of Shakespeare's life as a film.

All this leaves the plotline all over the place, which might be entertaining enough if "All is True" were a comedy in the vein of Stoppard's "Shakespeare in Love".

An Unexpected Father-Daughter Story .


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

A really good movie, I enjoyed it a lot.

Very dry .

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.

Bored to freaking death!

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

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.

Kudos and prizes certainly to Cinematographer Zac Nicholson; otherwise very much a 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.

Quiet and fascinating rendition of the Bard's retiement.

The characters: dull.

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

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

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

But the result was, to me, a tale of beauty that managed to toss into the mix a tongue-in-cheek gander at the intriguing "second best bed" part of Will's will, in which he left this bed to his wife, Anne.

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

The wife and the daughter are so trite, so down-to-earth and full of resentment.

All is tedious .

Boring beyond belief .

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.

Gorgeous to look at but very dull.

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.

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

A stunning slow paced beautifully shot movie.