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Romeo and Juliet Reviews

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Alex Chambers
Little White Lies
May 20, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
May 19, 2016
High-minded and lively, with heartbreakingly beautiful actors on show, and all shot in a kind of honeycomb-sunglow light.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
July 28, 2013
Neither lead is a skilled actor, but the film's lush and unrepentant romanticism carries the day
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
Emanuel Levy
March 29, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Wonderful, but a little too mature for some kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Richard Luck
January 22, 2008
For many, this remains the definitive big-screen Romeo And Juliet.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Mostly it remains enjoyable for its color and visual flair.
Joe Utichi
September 23, 2004
Cheesy at best, but perfect school Shakespeare.
| Original Score: 3/5
August 28, 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.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
March 16, 2004
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 13, 2003
The best screen adaptation of Shakespeare's wonderful romance.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Renata Adler
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet is a lovely, sensitive, friendly popularization of the play...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 11, 2003
A staple of lazy high school English teachers everywhere.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
December 13, 2002
Still the best adaptation of Shakespeare's most popular effort
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet is best version on film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Shay Casey
Film Written Magazine
September 2, 2001
As a widespread social critique and a fatalistic exploration of romance's pitfalls, it resonates.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The success of the film depends upon Whiting and Miss Hussey...They are magnificent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

TV Guide
January 1, 2000
It's a visually stunning adaptation with much action, broad humor, and eroticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
This is the definitive cinematic Romeo and Juliet.
| Original Score: 84/100
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
A more romantic and realistic rendition of the nature of love, I have never seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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