Private Romeo
Private Romeo (2012)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 10, 2012
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Take a couple of friends to see it, and the amount you spend may exceed the amount the filmmakers did.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

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.

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Grace Montgomery
Common Sense Media

Edgy Shakespeare update with all-male cast has sex, drugs.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

An earnest experiment in don't-ask-don't-tell drama as indebted to shirtlessness as to iambic pentameter.

Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

A pandering coming-of-ager about sexual identity and equality.

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Brandon Judell

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.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Unfortunately, "modern" additions (like the soldiers' YouTube videos and some social media moments) feel clunky, and a necessarily shortened approach trips the movie up...

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Ronnie Scheib

A dynamite ensemble cast of young actors invests the Bard's poetry with energetic immediacy.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Get a bunch of male hotties reciting Shakespeare's most immortal love poetry to one another and you have a hot movie, right? Wrong!

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