Private Romeo
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Private Romeo
Based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. When eight cadets are left behind at an isolated military high school, the greatest romantic drama ever written seeps out of the classroom and permeates their lives. Incorporating the original text of Romeo and Juliet, YouTube videos, and lip-synced indie rock music, Private Romeo takes us to a mysterious and tender place that only Shakespeare could have inspired. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Take a couple of friends to see it, and the amount you spend may exceed the amount the filmmakers did."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Private Romeo will undoubtedly be regarded by some as a curio, but it's a sweet, sympathetic and surprising one, highly recommended to the adventurous spirit in an enlightened and changing world."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"In the end, Private Romeo, with its indie budget, handsomely captures the uncompromising nature of young love, and "it ends with a long deep sigh, like the breeze of the evening," as Samuel Coleridge said it should."
‑ Brandon Judell, CultureCatch
"An earnest experiment in don't-ask-don't-tell drama as indebted to shirtlessness as to iambic pentameter."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"A pandering coming-of-ager about sexual identity and equality."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Get a bunch of male hotties reciting Shakespeare's most immortal love poetry to one another and you have a hot movie, right? Wrong!"
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Unfortunately, "modern" additions (like the soldiers' YouTube videos and some social media moments) feel clunky, and a necessarily shortened approach trips the movie up..."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"A dynamite ensemble cast of young actors invests the Bard's poetry with energetic immediacy."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Private Romeo feels more like a side project from the producers of Glee than some kind of novel queering of Shakespeare's text."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
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