Romeo and Juliet 1968

Romeo and Juliet

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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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In the Italian city of Verona, the Montague and the Capulet families are perpetually feuding. When Romeo (Leonard Whiting), a handsome young Montague, disregards convention by attending a Capulet ball, he falls in love with the beautiful Juliet (Olivia Hussey), a Capulet. After a brief courtship, the two elope, creating even greater tension between their families. Italian director Franco Zeffirelli's film is considered one of the best screen versions of Shakespeare's classic love story.

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Critic Reviews for Romeo and Juliet

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (2)

  • The sets are tight and stagey, every corner is decorated with baroque lushness, every shot framed by a velvet curtain or silvery branch. And the dialogue isn't caged in by any attempts at naturalism.

    May 20, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • High-minded and lively, with heartbreakingly beautiful actors on show, and all shot in a kind of honeycomb-sunglow light.

    May 19, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Mostly it remains enjoyable for its color and visual flair.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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    June 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5

    Nell Minow

    Movie Mom
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  • Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet is a lovely, sensitive, friendly popularization of the play...

    May 20, 2003 | Full Review…
  • The success of the film depends upon Whiting and Miss Hussey... They are magnificent.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Romeo and Juliet

  • Jun 03, 2013
    It may well be the definitive film version of the play, on top of being perfectly edited to the bare essentials of the story its got great performances all around (in particular Hussey and Whiting).
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2012
    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.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    I liked this version, but I had a feeling they had a lot of vreepy clothes and terrible acting.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • May 19, 2011
    I liked this version, but I had a feeling they had a lot of vreepy clothes and terrible acting.
    Jim C Super Reviewer

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