Romeo and Juliet
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The essence of Shakespeare's timeless love story, this is one of the signature works of The Royal Ballet. Memorable moments show the principals at their best in a production that extravagantly evokes the contrasts of its Renaissance setting, from crowded fight scenes in bustling public places to the intimate moments the lovers share.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mostly it remains enjoyable for its color and visual flair."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Neither lead is a skilled actor, but the film's lush and unrepentant romanticism carries the day"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"For many, this remains the definitive big-screen Romeo And Juliet."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"Franco Zeffirelli's rendition of Shakespeare's classic tragic love story gets off to a slow and rocky start but eventually takes hold once its titular leads take over."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Still the best adaptation of Shakespeare's most popular effort"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet is a lovely, sensitive, friendly popularization of the play..."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"Despite major trimmings of Shakespeare's text, this is a lovely version of the much-filmed play, largely due to the casting of the leads with handsome, unknown teenagers."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Cheesy at best, but perfect school Shakespeare."
‑ Joe Utichi, FilmFocus
"The best screen adaptation of Shakespeare's wonderful romance."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet is best version on film."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"The success of the film depends upon Whiting and Miss Hussey...They are magnificent."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Wonderful, but a little too mature for some kids."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"... the excessive wailing of the ill-fated couple as they suffer all manner of ... set-backs made me want to turn them over my knee and 'give you something to cry about.'"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"A staple of lazy high school English teachers everywhere."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"As a widespread social critique and a fatalistic exploration of romance's pitfalls, it resonates."
‑ Shay Casey, Film Written Magazine
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