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Will: Miniseries (2017)



Critic Consensus: A misguided attempt to dress up the life and times of Shakespeare, Will drowns in its own frothy mess.


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A drama that centres on a young William Shakespeare in the 16th- century theatre scene in London.


Laurie Davidson
as William Shakespeare
Olivia DeJonge
as Alice Burbage
Colm Meaney
as James Burbage
Mattias Inwood
as Richard Burbage
Jamie Campbell Bower
as Christopher Marlowe
Ewen Bremner
as Richard Topcliffe
Max Bennett
as Southwell
Zubin Varla
as Edward Kelly
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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (18)

Sure, it's fun to see Shakespeare get some; fortunately, Will manages to find depth beyond that.

July 11, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Will is fun, like a supercharged Shakespeare in Love, but the regalia, pacing, and dazzling colors often seem like compensations for a somewhat obvious and awkwardly expository script.

July 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Entertaining newcomer full of energy, passion and baloney -- the ideal summer diversion.

July 10, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Will doesn't seem that interested in Shakespeare as a playwright. And the resulting attempts to shoehorn him into other roles -- sultry lover, newly minted celebrity, reluctant renegade -- make for a frequently befuddling viewing experience.

July 10, 2017 | Full Review…

The most enduring writer deserved a better series than the flashy Will, which will never cause a tempest.

July 10, 2017 | Full Review…

TNT's Will does a surprisingly entertaining and sometimes even thoughtful job of this in presenting Shakespeare as a wide-eyed, young gun writer hoping to make his mark in order to feed his wife and their three children.

July 10, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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