Romeo and Juliet Reviews

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January 7, 2020
With well over 150 adaptations and imaginations of what is perhaps Shakespeare's most famous, and definitely most adapted, work on screen, director Carlo Carlei's new Romeo & Juliet is, in a word, masterful.
November 6, 2018
The language is handled beautifully and the acting is solid; but, for lack of Shakespearian prose, this retelling just lacks umph.
November 29, 2017
The fact that this "love" is really little more than lust and rebellion is ignored by everyone involved - though at least the lust waits until marriage to be consummated.
June 28, 2017
There isn't an interesting new point of view here (unless it's that violence is bad and sometimes after a tragedy, you just have to mend fences and move on -- but that's hardly a new idea, and the story isn't meant to be beat-you-over-the-head didactic).
January 9, 2017
This Romeo and Juliet is set on its disappointing course, and it can't be deterred. What a bummer.
March 28, 2016
While the setting and the costumes are in keeping with the tale, you can't help but feel as if you are watching a grandiose stage production.
May 5, 2015
A stuffy, old-fashioned production shot on distractingly spotless sets. It lumbers along in search of a reason to exist.
March 27, 2014
Pretty but, ultimately, flat.
March 26, 2014
Been a while since Shakespeare's star-crossed smoochers got some big-screen love. Going on the so-so outcome here, no one would have minded waiting a little longer.
March 25, 2014
A sharply adapted version of the classic love story, stunningly visualised and tightly directed.
March 21, 2014
Carlei's film is beautiful but sterile, and seems nervous its audience will be bored to the extent that there seem to be more sword fights than usual. Only Paul Giamatti's touching turn as the Friar stays in the mind when this passionless film is over.
March 20, 2014
It's a bit turgid at times and the plot plods in the establishment scenes, but then the swell of romance and the flush of first love works its magic through its photogenic young stars
February 12, 2014
To service the cause of bringing Shakespeare to new, young audiences, almost anything is permitted. But destroying the poetry defeats the whole purpose of doing it in the first place.
February 7, 2014
It just goes to show that if you don't have the proper elements in place for such an adaptation, then it's going to be difficult to get the audience involved in the story, especially when it's one that they've seen countless times before.
January 27, 2014
Though the film does have its strong points, Romeo and Juliet are out shined by skilled supporting players in Carlo Carlei's uneven adaptation of this classic love story.
October 24, 2013
To put it plainly, Carlo Carlei's version of Romeo and Juliet is the worst Shakespeare movie adaptation I've ever seen.
October 18, 2013
... hits the highlights but only mildly captures the spirit of Shakespeare's original.
October 18, 2013
I know this thing's been kicking almost half a millennium, but is it too much to ask for a little invention?
October 17, 2013
It's all such a prettily-spoken blur to care much.
October 16, 2013
No one in the cast is bad, per se, but only Giamatti seems like he'd be at home onstage at the Globe.
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