Romeo + Juliet Reviews

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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+
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 11, 2008
Doesn't approach the emotional resonance of Franco Zeffirelli's immensely popular 1968 screen version.
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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.
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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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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
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: B+
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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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Luhrmann and his two bright angels have shaken up a 400-year-old play without losing its touching, poetic innocence.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 21, 2001
Sure to infuriate as much as it delights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Traditionalists are sure to despise the psychedelic tunes and the flashy sets of this audacious adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
The film's skewed stylistic flourishes capture enough of the original's spirit to provoke more respect than rejection.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Danes makes a breathtaking Juliet, merging strength and fragility into one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
So overloud and overdirected and overproduced and so energetic that finally, you can't do anything except smile at it.
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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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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
The result is horrifying, but it's also unsettling in its ruthlessness.