Romeo and Juliet (1936)
Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2
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Release Date: Sep 3, 1936 Limited
Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 548
Director George Cukor and producer Irving G. Thalberg's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, a lavish production of Shakespeare's tale about two star-crossed lovers, is extremely well-produced and acted. In fact, it is so well-done, that it is easy to forget that Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer are too old to be playing the title characters. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
Sep 3, 1936 Limited
Aug 14, 2007
Edna May Oliver
Nurse to Juliet
C. Aubrey Smith
Prince of Verona
Katherine De Mille
Vernon P. Downing
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The film has some merits, though Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard were simply too old to play Shakespeare's juvenile lovers.
[It] doesn't hold a candle to Franco Zeffirelli's nearly flawless 1968 version, but it [is] the best Shakespeare film before Laurence Olivier started making them.
The stars are too old, but it's a handsome film with a great John Barrymore performance.
Dated, dated, dated...and it has been done better since.
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