Romeo + Juliet Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 7, 2014
a fantastic introduction to Shakespeare for the novice and the young
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 12, 2013
Put simply: you're not likely to regard Romeo + Juliet as truly great cinema unless the song "Lovefool" stirs your soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Anna Coatman
Little White Lies
February 14, 2013
Look back on your first love, without it making you wince.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Lowry
Total Film
January 25, 2013
One of the liveliest Shakespeare adaps of the past 20 years ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
November 22, 2010
Luhrmann bombards us with startling images, audacious camera tricks and breathtaking action ... [in order to recreate] the overwhelming experience of adolescent love.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
November 1, 2010
Luhrmann would use the same techniques with better results in Moulin Rouge!
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2010
A slick blast of ''decadence,'' the kind of violent swank-trash music video that may make you feel like reaching for the remote control.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

Film4
July 3, 2008
A sexy, innovative and memorable sumptuous feast for eye and ear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 3, 2008
It's a genuinely fresh take on an oft-told tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 11, 2008
Doesn't approach the emotional resonance of Franco Zeffirelli's immensely popular 1968 screen version.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
July 22, 2006
When the filmmakers decide to jazz it up with crazy camera angles and rapid cutting, along with screaming and shooting, it just gets lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Luhrmann's gleefully cinematic version of the play is so relentlessly inventive and innovative, it takes 20 minutes to get a grasp on how appropriate is his approach to the material.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Tries so hard to be hip that it loses the soul of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 6, 2003
Despite a flawed start, Romeo & Juliet proves the story deserves an adjective often attached to it: 'timeless.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Where is the audience willing to watch a classic play thrown in the path of a subway train?
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
A psychedelic assault on the senses; a trip of unparalleled originality.
| Original Score: 4/4
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
May 7, 2003
Keeps the integrity of Shakespeare's text, but mostly thanks to the actors speaking the very same lines of iambic pentameter as written four centuries ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 2, 2003
The hyperactive movie seems goofy and gimmicky at first, but it acquires real power when the cinematography settles down enough for Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes to do some excellent acting, helped by a superb supporting cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 16, 2003
It's just a little too jarring to be top notch, but it sure is powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
An amazing feat of ambition and imagination.
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