Romeo and Juliet (1936) - Rotten Tomatoes

Romeo and Juliet (1936)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

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.

Watch it now


Edna May Oliver
as Nurse to Juliet
C. Aubrey Smith
as Lord Capulet
Henry Kolker
as Friar Lawrence
Maurice Murphy
as Balthasar
Conway Tearle
as Prince of Verona
Virginia Hammond
as Lady Montague
Robert Warwick
as Lord Montague
Ian Wolfe
as Apothecary
Carlyle Blackwell
as Tybalt's Page
Anthony Kemble-Cooper
as Gregory Capulet
Anthony Marsh
as Mercutio's Page
Howard Wilson
as Abraham Montague
Carlyle Blackwell Jr.
as Tybalt's Page
John Bryan
as Friar John
Wallis Clark
as Town Watch
Vernon P. Downing
as Samson Capulet
Lon McCallister
as Choir member
José Rubio
as Nobleman
View All

Critic Reviews for Romeo and Juliet

All Critics (8)

The problem lies in the casting.

August 20, 2007 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

The film has some merits, though Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard were simply too old to play Shakespeare's juvenile lovers.

October 20, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

[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.

October 15, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The stars are too old, but it's a handsome film with a great John Barrymore performance.

October 31, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Dated, dated, dated...and it has been done better since.

October 15, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Romeo and Juliet

The Cukor Romeo and Juliet is probably one of the worst adaptations. Here we have elderly actors desperately trying to be youthful in their escapades. A big bore.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Classy production but both Norma and Leslie are at the very least 15 years too old for their roles.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


One of the first and most famous Shakespeare adaptations was this 1936 MGM film made by the famous George Cukor. The film does not tinker with the play?s setting or tone, it?s a very straightforward and traditional adaptation. The stars, Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard are good in their roles, but they?re both way too old for these parts. This play?s narrative requires it?s protagonists to be young, impulsive teenagers and both of these actors are well into their 30s. There?s nothing horribly wrong with the rest of it, but it?s kind of bland and it pales in comparison to the 1968 Franco Zeffirelli version. Still, creatively adapting Shakespeare on film probably wasn?t as established in 1936 as it is now, so I?m willing to cut this one some slack.


Super Reviewer

Romeo and Juliet Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features