Romeo and Juliet
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Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare's epic and searing tale of love, is revitalized on screen by writer Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and director Carlos Carlei (The Flight of the Innocent). An ageless story from the world's most renowned author is reimagined for the 21st Century. This adaptation is told in the lush traditional setting it was written, but gives a new generation the chance to fall in love with the enduring legend. With an all-star cast including Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Paul Giamatti and Stellan Skarsgaard, it affords those unfamiliar with the tale the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

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""Romeo and Juliet" is too soapy and improbable to count among the Bard's very best plays, but it surely has some of his best dialogue, and messing it up this much is close to inexcusable."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"What can you say about a Romeo and Juliet that lacks heat, romance, eroticism, or lyricism? Mercifully, not much."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Pretty but, ultimately, flat."
‑ Matt Glasby,
"Carlei's film is beautiful but sterile, and seems nervous its audience will be bored to the extent that there seem to be more sword fights than usual. Only Paul Giamatti's touching turn as the Friar stays in the mind when this passionless film is over."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
"It just goes to show that if you don't have the proper elements in place for such an adaptation, then it's going to be difficult to get the audience involved in the story, especially when it's one that they've seen countless times before."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"There are reasons to see this Romeo and Juliet-it's just a shame that Romeo and Juliet are not chief among them."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Juliet should be a girl, but the story's trajectory of self-sacrifice requires her to become a woman. Steinfeld gets the girl part exactly right, but she botches the transformation."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Been a while since Shakespeare's star-crossed smoochers got some big-screen love. Going on the so-so outcome here, no one would have minded waiting a little longer."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"It's a bit turgid at times and the plot plods in the establishment scenes, but then the swell of romance and the flush of first love works its magic through its photogenic young stars"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Though the film does have its strong points, Romeo and Juliet are out shined by skilled supporting players in Carlo Carlei's uneven adaptation of this classic love story."
‑ Justine Browning, We Got This Covered
"The grown-ups outshine the kids in this handsome, romantically anemic rendering of Shakespeare's perennial."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
"Pretty on the outside but lacking something more than a menagerie of lush brunette heads."
‑ Jake Coyle, Associated Press
"A sharply adapted version of the classic love story, stunningly visualised and tightly directed."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"To service the cause of bringing Shakespeare to new, young audiences, almost anything is permitted. But destroying the poetry defeats the whole purpose of doing it in the first place."
‑ Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's Magazine
"To put it plainly, Carlo Carlei's version of Romeo and Juliet is the worst Shakespeare movie adaptation I've ever seen."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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