Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet (2013)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 11, 2013
DVD Release Date: February 4, 2014
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Shakespeare's classic romance gets a so-so adaptation that's short on passion and energy.

Andrew O'Hehir

"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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

What can you say about a Romeo and Juliet that lacks heat, romance, eroticism, or lyricism? Mercifully, not much.

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Josh Terry
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The fact that this "love" is really little more than lust and rebellion is ignored by everyone involved - though at least the lust waits until marriage to be consummated.

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Dana Stevens

There are reasons to see this Romeo and Juliet-it's just a shame that Romeo and Juliet are not chief among them.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

[Romeo & Juliet] is a brave piece of film-making for those who appreciate the storytelling magic of music and can't resist the theatrics of a musical.

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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter

The grown-ups outshine the kids in this handsome, romantically anemic rendering of Shakespeare's perennial.

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Susan Wloszczyna

Turning what should be a hanky-required tragedy into a headache-inducing travesty is no small feat.

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Neha Gandhi

There isn't an interesting new point of view here (unless it's that violence is bad and sometimes after a tragedy, you just have to mend fences and move on -- but that's hardly a new idea, and the story isn't meant to be beat-you-over-the-head didactic).

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer D
GORGEOUS scenery and costumes. Completely gorgeous. Some not bad delivery. Eh.
John C
An inadequate version of the Bard's love and death saga with a very disappointing Hailee Steinfeld mumbling her way through the sacred prose and performing… More
Panta Oz
This is the latest British/Italian/Suiss adaptation of William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy of the same name directed by Carlo Carlei. Like Franco… More
Noah Nemeroff
Undoubtedly, 'Romeo and Juliet' (2013) is the rehashing of the same beloved tragedy written and credited by William Shakespeare. With that said, this… More
Cameron Johnson
Man, it took them so long to make this film that they were talking about it back when Hailee Steinfeld was still getting work (You'd figure that Oscar… More
m h
It was good but not great. Still enjoyed Baz Luhrman's version more. First of all this version adds scenes/dialogue that was never in Shakespeare's… More