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Romeo and Juliet Reviews

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November 5, 2018
The language is handled beautifully and the acting is solid; but, for lack of Shakespearian prose, this retelling just lacks umph.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 8, 2017
[Romeo & Juliet] is a brave piece of film-making for those who appreciate the storytelling magic of music and can't resist the theatrics of a musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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).
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 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
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 11, 2013
Teen-friendly take on Bard's classic has spark, little soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 11, 2013
Stays true to its adolescent origins, more or less.
October 11, 2013
Good casting and lovely production values but stilted execution - considering Romeo and Juliet is supposed to feel like the most powerful tragic romance tale ever told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 11, 2013
Decent and perfectly respectable but lacks the soaring, swooning fireworks of Baz Luhrmann's swashbuckling approach or even the intensity of the admired Sixties version by Franco Zeffirelli.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 11, 2013
The two most important things about "Romeo & Juliet" are Romeo and his Juliet --- or who is portraying them. While Douglas Booth, who is incredibly handsome, makes a wonderful Romeo, Hailee Steinfeld is underwhelming as Juliet.
October 11, 2013
'Tis a pity, but this lavish and exquisite production of Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" is marred by the very questionable casting of Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet.
October 10, 2013
Fellowes has done a decent job in abbreviating the story of star-cross'd lovers and simplifying the text, while keeping faithful in spirit to the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2013
[Director Carlo] Carlei's film is not particularly imaginative in terms of context, but it offers proof that this material never tarnishes, that with the right sort of movie magic, even a traditional telling can be thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2013
A sufficiently entertaining, adamantly old-fashioned adaptation that follows the play's general outline without ever rising to the passionate intensity of its star-cross'd crazy kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2013
Steinfeld is 16, which sounds young but is about right for Juliet. Booth is 21, handsome as can be, but also a strong Romeo. They don't exactly ignite the screen with passion, but their chemistry is good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2013
Starter Shakespeare for the "Twilight" generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2013
The latest version of Romeo and Juliet is watchable, well-acted and gains points for its locational veracity, but Fellowes' script takes some shocking liberties with Shakespeare's original that won't endear the film to literature students.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2013
Elegant and well-acted but bereft of the spark to make its tragedy resonate with lovers who spent more than an hour getting to know one another, "Romeo and Juliet" effectively chronicles young love but doesn't transcend it.
October 9, 2013
Perfectly respectable, but it won't linger in the memory like Luhrmann's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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