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Romeo + Juliet Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I have never seen anything remotely approaching the mess that the new punk version of Romeo & Juliet makes of Shakespeare's tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
June 11, 2008
Doesn't approach the emotional resonance of Franco Zeffirelli's immensely popular 1968 screen version.
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
A comic book shot at selling Shakespeare to Generation X.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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+
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A monumental disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 28, 2002
Puts Shakespeare's greatest romance in a choke-hold and takes it slam-dancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
Shay Casey
Film Written Magazine
September 2, 2001
A little disappointing, considering how genuinely daring it is.
Full Review | Original Score: [mixed]
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Starts in high gear, pushes itself into overdrive, and eventually redlines and blows the engine long before its over.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
The result is horrifying, but it's also unsettling in its ruthlessness.
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Stephanie Zacharek
January 1, 2000
It would be destined for the trash heap of Shakespeare adaptations, if not for its female lead, and its heart, 17-year-old Claire Danes.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
A film so determined to stimulate both eye and ear, that the story of the star-crossed lovers often gets lost in melee.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
So obnoxiously brash and in-your-face that it just becomes tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
Luhrmann tries much too hard to push the '90s angle, so hard that the story is crushed by all the stylistic weight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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?
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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+
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
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Danes makes a breathtaking Juliet, merging strength and fragility into one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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