Romeo and Juliet
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Director George Cukor and producer Irving G. Thalberg's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, a lavish production of Shakespeare's tale about two star-crossed lovers, is extremely well-produced and acted. In fact, it is so well-done, that it is easy to forget that Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer are too old to be playing the title characters. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The problem lies in the casting."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The stars are too old, but it's a handsome film with a great John Barrymore performance."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The film has some merits, though Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard were simply too old to play Shakespeare's juvenile lovers."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Dated, dated, dated...and it has been done better since."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"[It] doesn't hold a candle to Franco Zeffirelli's nearly flawless 1968 version, but it [is] the best Shakespeare film before Laurence Olivier started making them."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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