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Romeo and Juliet Reviews

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 11, 2013
There are reasons to see this Romeo and Juliet-it's just a shame that Romeo and Juliet are not chief among them.
October 11, 2013
The grown-ups outshine the kids in this handsome, romantically anemic rendering of Shakespeare's perennial.
October 11, 2013
What can you say about a Romeo and Juliet that lacks heat, romance, eroticism, or lyricism? Mercifully, not much.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 11, 2013
Juliet should be a girl, but the story's trajectory of self-sacrifice requires her to become a woman. Steinfeld gets the girl part exactly right, but she botches the transformation.
October 11, 2013
On the plus side, the real-life, Veronese back-drops are awesome. And the male cast are as beautiful as the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 11, 2013
Turning what should be a hanky-required tragedy into a headache-inducing travesty is no small feat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 11, 2013
Pretty on the outside but lacking something more than a menagerie of lush brunette heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 11, 2013
If you really love this story, go see the Franco Zeffirelli version (or a good production of "West Side Story"). And if you truly love Shakespeare, read any of a dozen of his other plays instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 11, 2013
Here's betting the new film version of Romeo and Juliet probably won't inspire a new generation's passion for Shakespeare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2013
This is the Teen Vogue version of the ultimate young love story.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
If there is one novelty in director Carlo Carlei's take on the world's best-known ill-fated lovers, it's that the words aren't entirely Shakespeare's. It's a fresh approach, indeed, but maybe not the wisest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 10, 2013
Viewers who go into "Romeo and Juliet" cold may be forgiven for coming away thinking Shakespeare was a really lousy writer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 10, 2013
Douglas Booth is a handsome fellow, in a mushy-peas kind of way, but Hailee Steinfeld, Oscar-nominated for True Grit, neither looks appealing nor acts with any distinction here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 10, 2013
Shakespeare's play evokes the poetry of undying love, but this "Romeo and Juliet" is prosaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2013
In a way, it's like the cover of a favorite pop tune - inferior, to be sure, but nevertheless pleasantly familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 10, 2013
Verona, we have a problem. And thy name is Juliet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2013
The lovers provide no palpable passion. And without that, there is very much woe. But not much point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2013
While there is a pleasantness about this faithful Shakespearean reboot, there also is some woeful miscasting and a lukewarm feeling about the straightforward production.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2013
It has a sort of soapy reliability, but compare it to the blazing passion of Baz Luhrmann's modern-day version with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in gangland LA and it looks pretty feeble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 10, 2013
Seventh-grade English teachers, rejoice. You have a new movie to show the class that day you come in hung over and can't deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2013
An interminable, unintentionally hilarious misfire, apparently aimed at a youth audience weaned on "Gossip Girl."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 10, 2013
So reverential is this play of the play, the Bard would likely blush.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 10, 2013
It makes Baz Luhrmann's 1996 contempo update - the one with Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio and the plus-sign in its title - look like some kind of masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
Fellowes' many changes and additions diminish the power of Shakespeare's story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
October 10, 2013
The most excellent and lamentable tragedy "Romeo and Juliet" has been turned into a film that is lamentable without the "excellent" part.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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 10, 2013
Actors in tights declaim in bloodless BBC accents while someone murders a piano's sustain pedal on the soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
October 9, 2013
A desultory new version of Shakespeare's tragedy that feels shorn of eroticism, intensity or purpose.
October 8, 2013
Today's version will likely become a cheat sheet for slacking students, but it won't inspire them to open their hearts to the text.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5