Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet (1936)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 3, 1936
DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

The problem lies in the casting.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The stars are too old, but it's a handsome film with a great John Barrymore performance.

Emanuel Levy

The film has some merits, though Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard were simply too old to play Shakespeare's juvenile lovers.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Dated, dated, dated...and it has been done better since.

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

[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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Classy production but both Norma and Leslie are at the very least 15 years too old for their roles.
One of the first and most famous Shakespeare adaptations was this 1936 MGM film made by the famous George Cukor. The film does not tinker with the play?s… More
Cindy I
Although Norma Shearer (at 37) and Leslie Howard (at 42) were far too old to play the teenage star-crossed lovers, they both did such a wonderful job of showing… More
John Ballantine
The Cukor Romeo and Juliet is probably one of the worst adaptations. Here we have elderly actors desperately trying to be youthful in their escapades. A big… More