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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.

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

TV Guide
July 3, 2008
It's a genuinely fresh take on an oft-told tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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
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
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.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Deeply entertaining, from the gripping opening to the breath-taking finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 28, 2002
Fast-paced and juiced-up version of this classic drama.
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
Read More | Original Score: B+
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
As perhaps the most kinetic and visually daring major studio film of the year, R + J is almost sure to be remembered as the turning point for a brazen new cinematic talent: Luhrmann's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sal Cinquemani
Slant Magazine
March 29, 2002
Purists may scoff, but the film is faithful to the Bard and its makers are thoroughly cognizant of the famous story's layers.
Christopher Null
March 11, 2002
Get thee to a video merchant.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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