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, Hollywood.com
"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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