Most writers have the highest regard for Shakespeare’s work.
However, anyone can be a critic; for the sake of a good chuckle, here is what a few great artists have said of Shakespeare:
I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me. – Charles Dickens
With the single exception of Homer, there is no eminent writer, not even Sir Walter Scott, whom I can despise so entirely as I despise Shakespeare when I measure my mind against his. The intensity of my impatience with him occasionally reaches such a pitch, that it would positively be a relief to me to dig him up and throw stones at him. – George Bernard Shaw
Shakespeare never has six lines together without a fault. Perhaps you may find seven, but this does not refute my general assertion. – Samuel Johnson
Shakespeare’s name, you may depend on it, stands absurdly too high and will go down. He has no invention as to stories, none whatever. He took all his plots from old novels, and threw their stories into a dramatic shape, at as little expense of thought as you or I could turn his plays back again into prose tales. – Lord Byron
Crude, immoral, vulgar and senseless. – Leo Tolstoy