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Romeo and Juliet Reviews

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January 9, 2017
This Romeo and Juliet is set on its disappointing course, and it can't be deterred. What a bummer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
March 25, 2014
A sharply adapted version of the classic love story, stunningly visualised and tightly directed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
October 17, 2013
It's all such a prettily-spoken blur to care much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
October 16, 2013
Makes a mere two hours feel like two full days.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
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.
October 14, 2013
There are ever more ways to bowdlerize the Bard, as this misbegotten, "Why did they bother?" version sadly proves.
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