Crazy/ Beautiful
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The +Romeo and Juliet story has been modernized to a high school setting previously, but this romance from director John Stockwell turns the tale inside out. Jay Hernandez stars as Carlos Nunez, a poor but athletically gifted Latino teenager who endures a two-hour bus ride every day from East L.A. to attend the posh, wealthy Pacific Palisades High School in Los Angeles on a football scholarship. A straight-A student, Carlos is focused and driven, but his future is cast in doubt when he becomes the flirtation target of spoiled, self-destructive bad girl Nicole Oakley (Kirsten Dunst), who's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As overproduced as a Super Bowl soft-drink commercial, so much so that even its potentially insightful moments seem like movie fakery."
‑ Amy Taubin, Village Voice
"Sure, the Romeo-and-Juliet thing has been done before, but director John Stockwell pulls it off with his two promising leads."
‑ Pam Sitt, Seattle Times
"There is nothing new in this teen fantasy."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The effect is a much more engrossing experience than we have come to expect from teen movies."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi took a kind of hackneyed idea and made it, along with director John Stockwell, into something really odd and unpredictable"
‑ David Poland, Hot Button
"Dunst, in her finest performance yet, has now transcended her fellow teen stars."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Even when the movie is bad -- which it is in its abrupt, mismanaged, final-act attempt to cram in moments of forgiveness and clarity -- it's addictively so."
‑ Wesley Morris, San Francisco Chronicle
"This movie is godawful. Simply godawful."
‑ Stacie Hougland,
"The movie's dramatic moments come from dialogue not actions, and much of the time viewers are left on their own to fill in the words that remain unspoken."
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"A surprisingly intelligent and effective movie."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"The movie is so predictable, it's not surprising that the script is credited to first-timers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, and the direction to John Stockwell, a former acting peer to Tom Cruise."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Evokes the romantic infatuation of young love with a painful accuracy."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Has a typical, write-by-the-numbers plot, about as predictable as they come and almost that interesting."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"...these kids talk like real kids, not like Hollywood's version of precocious, advanced adolescence..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Dunst is so luminescent that it's impossible not to feel for her character every step of the way."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
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