Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Zeffirelli's acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare's timeless love story. Nominated for Best Picture Academy Award!

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 8, 1968
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2000
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The solid leads and arresting visuals make a case for Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet as the definitive cinematic adaptation of the play.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Mostly it remains enjoyable for its color and visual flair.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

The Italian locations look glorious, and Nino Rota (The Godfather) contributes one of his finest scores.

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Dan Jardine

Neither lead is a skilled actor, but the film's lush and unrepentant romanticism carries the day

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Renata Adler
New York Times

Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet is a lovely, sensitive, friendly popularization of the play...

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Alex Chambers
Little White Lies

The sets are tight and stagey, every corner is decorated with baroque lushness, every shot framed by a velvet curtain or silvery branch. And the dialogue isn't caged in by any attempts at naturalism.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The success of the film depends upon Whiting and Miss Hussey...They are magnificent.

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Peter Bradshaw

High-minded and lively, with heartbreakingly beautiful actors on show, and all shot in a kind of honeycomb-sunglow light.

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Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

Wonderful, but a little too mature for some kids.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
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Yes I think we all get the picture that the leads played their roles fantastically. The movie itself wasn't perfect because of the cheesiness of it.… More
Wildaly M
Franco Zeffirelli's version of Romeo & Juliet is an incredible film with its faithful rendition of the original story, with realistic and impressive… More
Jim Careter
I liked this version, but I had a feeling they had a lot of vreepy clothes and terrible acting.
Aj V
This is my favourite Romeo and Juliet movie ever, I think. The cast does a great job, the music and costumes and sets are beautiful, it's a really good… More
Chris Weber
Saw this in English class my freshman year of high school. I don't have excellent memories of all of it, so I should probably rewatch it sometime, but, for… More
Conner Rainwater
The end all say all of Romeo and Juliet adaptions. It is by far the most imaginative and accurate depictions of the story. Franco Zeffirelli clearly knew how to… More