Richard III is a 1995 drama film adapted from William Shakespeare's play of the same name, starring Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent, Robert Downey Jr., Nigel Hawthorne, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, John Wood, and Dominic West. The film relocates the play's events to a fictionalized fascist version of Britain in the 1930s. Richard III received universal acclaim from critics. Jeffrey Lyons stated that the film was "mesmerizing", while Richard Corliss in Time referred to the film as "cinematic". Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that "the picture never stops coming at you". Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film four stars (out of four) and included the film among his Great Movies list.