• PG-13, 2 hr.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Baz Luhrmann
    In Theaters:
    Nov 1, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 25, 1999
  • 20th Century Fox


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Romeo + Juliet Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

a fantastic introduction to Shakespeare for the novice and the young

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 4/5

January 7, 2014
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Put simply: you're not likely to regard Romeo + Juliet as truly great cinema unless the song "Lovefool" stirs your soul.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 6/10

May 12, 2013
Anna Coatman
Little White Lies

Look back on your first love, without it making you wince.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

February 14, 2013
Andrew Lowry
Total Film

One of the liveliest Shakespeare adaps of the past 20 years ...

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

January 25, 2013
Jason Best
Movie Talk

Luhrmann bombards us with startling images, audacious camera tricks and breathtaking action ... [in order to recreate] the overwhelming experience of adolescent love.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

November 22, 2010
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Luhrmann would use the same techniques with better results in Moulin Rouge!

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

November 1, 2010
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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A slick blast of ''decadence,'' the kind of violent swank-trash music video that may make you feel like reaching for the remote control.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

July 6, 2010


A sexy, innovative and memorable sumptuous feast for eye and ear.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

July 3, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's a genuinely fresh take on an oft-told tale.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

July 3, 2008
Todd McCarthy
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Doesn't approach the emotional resonance of Franco Zeffirelli's immensely popular 1968 screen version.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 11, 2008
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

When the filmmakers decide to jazz it up with crazy camera angles and rapid cutting, along with screaming and shooting, it just gets lost.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 22, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Luhrmann's gleefully cinematic version of the play is so relentlessly inventive and innovative, it takes 20 minutes to get a grasp on how appropriate is his approach to the material.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Tries so hard to be hip that it loses the soul of the story.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

April 9, 2005
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Despite a flawed start, Romeo & Juliet proves the story deserves an adjective often attached to it: 'timeless.'

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

June 6, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Where is the audience willing to watch a classic play thrown in the path of a subway train?

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

A psychedelic assault on the senses; a trip of unparalleled originality.

| Original Score: 4/4

May 14, 2003
Dragan Antulov

Keeps the integrity of Shakespeare's text, but mostly thanks to the actors speaking the very same lines of iambic pentameter as written four centuries ago.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

May 7, 2003
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The hyperactive movie seems goofy and gimmicky at first, but it acquires real power when the cinematography settles down enough for Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes to do some excellent acting, helped by a superb supporting cast.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 3/4

April 2, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It's just a little too jarring to be top notch, but it sure is powerful.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

An amazing feat of ambition and imagination.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer

October 15, 2002
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