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Romeo and Juliet Reviews

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Debashine Thangevelo
Independent Online (South Africa)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Burns
May 5, 2015
A stuffy, old-fashioned production shot on distractingly spotless sets. It lumbers along in search of a reason to exist.
Matt Glasby
March 27, 2014
Pretty but, ultimately, flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Simon Weaving
March 25, 2014
A sharply adapted version of the classic love story, stunningly visualised and tightly directed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Stratton
The Australian
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
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
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
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.
Jeff Beck
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Justine Browning
We Got This Covered
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
October 18, 2013
... hits the highlights but only mildly captures the spirit of Shakespeare's original.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post
October 17, 2013
It's all such a prettily-spoken blur to care much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 16, 2013
Makes a mere two hours feel like two full days.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
Andrew O'Hehir
October 14, 2013
"Romeo and Juliet" is too soapy and improbable to count among the Bard's very best plays, but it surely has some of his best dialogue, and messing it up this much is close to inexcusable.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
October 14, 2013
If you're looking for a filmed Romeo to get your kids acquainted with one of Shakespeare's most easily-digestible plays, this is a perfectly fine (if not entirely authentic) choice.
David Noh
Film Journal International
October 14, 2013
There are ever more ways to bowdlerize the Bard, as this misbegotten, "Why did they bother?" version sadly proves.
Eddie Harrison
The List
October 14, 2013
Far too reverent to the source material, po-faced, literal and without raising much intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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