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Romeo and Juliet (1968)



Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 1

The solid leads and arresting visuals make a case for Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet as the definitive cinematic adaptation of the play.

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The solid leads and arresting visuals make a case for Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet as the definitive cinematic adaptation of the play.



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The essence of Shakespeare's timeless love story, this is one of the signature works of The Royal Ballet. Memorable moments show the principals at their best in a production that extravagantly evokes the contrasts of its Renaissance setting, from crowded fight scenes in bustling public places to the intimate moments the lovers share.

May 23, 2000

Paramount Home Video

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (1) | DVD (3)

Mostly it remains enjoyable for its color and visual flair.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet is a lovely, sensitive, friendly popularization of the play...

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The success of the film depends upon Whiting and Miss Hussey...They are magnificent.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Neither lead is a skilled actor, but the film's lush and unrepentant romanticism carries the day

July 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Despite major trimmings of Shakespeare's text, this is a lovely version of the much-filmed play, largely due to the casting of the leads with handsome, unknown teenagers.

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Wonderful, but a little too mature for some kids.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

For many, this remains the definitive big-screen Romeo And Juliet.

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Cheesy at best, but perfect school Shakespeare.

September 23, 2004

... the excessive wailing of the ill-fated couple as they suffer all manner of ... set-backs made me want to turn them over my knee and 'give you something to cry about.'

August 28, 2004 Full Review Source: JWR

Franco Zeffirelli's rendition of Shakespeare's classic tragic love story gets off to a slow and rocky start but eventually takes hold once its titular leads take over.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source:

The best screen adaptation of Shakespeare's wonderful romance.

June 13, 2003

A staple of lazy high school English teachers everywhere.

January 11, 2003 | Comment (1)
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Still the best adaptation of Shakespeare's most popular effort

December 13, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet is best version on film.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

As a widespread social critique and a fatalistic exploration of romance's pitfalls, it resonates.

September 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Written Magazine
Film Written Magazine

It's a visually stunning adaptation with much action, broad humor, and eroticism.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is the definitive cinematic Romeo and Juliet.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A more romantic and realistic rendition of the nature of love, I have never seen.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Romeo and Juliet (1968) is Florentine director Franco Zeffirelli's beautiful modern interpretation of Shakespeare's enduring, classic yet tragic love story of

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
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...may not be great Shakespeare, but it's compelling, impassioned filmmaking.

January 1, 2000
Movie Metropolis

A world of sundrenched piazzas, masked balls, rowdy swordsmanship, bustling marketplaces, moonlight, meadows, and passion

January 1, 2000 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Romeo and Juliet

Yes I think we all get the picture that the leads played their roles fantastically. The movie itself wasn't perfect because of the cheesiness of it. It's great if your into romance films but it's not for everyone. Olivia Hussey is definetely the best Juliet there's ever been. It's solid for a romance but as I said it wont hold universal appeal. The reason being for me because it didn't feel like it was on a large enough epic or tragic scale.
January 24, 2012
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Saw this in English class my freshman year of high school. I don't have excellent memories of all of it, so I should probably rewatch it sometime, but, for a straight take on the story, it's probably the best one to pick. No one does spectacle like Zeffirelli.
May 12, 2011
Chris Weber

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Franco Zeffirelli's version of Romeo & Juliet is an incredible film with its faithful rendition of the original story, with realistic and impressive visuals, scenery, and costumes and great acting from the leads and the rest of the cast.
April 22, 2011

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    1. Romeo: Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.
    – Submitted by Nikita S (2 years ago)
    1. Romeo: Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?
    – Submitted by Josť G (2 years ago)
    1. Romeo: Oh speak again bright angel!
    – Submitted by Bobby J (2 years ago)
    1. Lord Capulet: You're a saucy boy!
    – Submitted by Mark P (2 years ago)
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