Romeo Must Die
Romeo Must Die (2000)

William Shakespeare's streak as the hottest storyteller in Hollywood continues with this modern-dress variation on Romeo and Juliet. In this loose adaptation, Hang Sing (Jet Li) is a former police officer from Hong Kong who comes to the… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 22, 2000
DVD Release Date: August 1, 2000
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In his second Hollywood movie, Jet Li impresses. Unfortunately, when he's not on screen, the movie slows to a crawl. Though there's some spark between Jet and Aaliyah, there isn't any threat of a fire. And as impressive as the action sequences are, some critics feel they are over-edited.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

slick, Joel Silver-produced action movie with a borderline straight to video feel.

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Dave Larsen
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It's not Shakespeare, but Romeo Must Die is a major kick.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

undiluted garbage

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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

Straight-ahead action would have been more than sufficient.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

Jet Li is, quite simply, the Michael Jordan of martial arts.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

This hip-hop Romeo and Juliet is awful.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

[Li's] scenes are so clearly computer-aided that his moves are about as impressive as Bugs Bunny doing the same.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

The reason to sit through [Romeo Must Die's] uninspired, formulaic moves ... is its half-dozen spectacular fight sequences.


The point of the film is kung fu. But, sadly, it doesn't deliver.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Romeo Must Die is a mess of a martial arts film. This is not a film that will appeal to fans of the genre. The story didn't appeal to me whatsoever, and I… More
Bobby Hobbs
Romeo must die is a typical hip hop generation action flick, but it's a good one. Tons of insane action, nice special effects, and a great unpredictable… More
Al S
An ultra-cool and stylish action-thriller with great visuals and stunning fight sequences. Jet Li packs plenty of punch and Aaliyah packs plenty of heart.
Lenny Muggsy
I liked it, has little lasting value however but initially it was what I thought it was going to be. Jet Li needs to stay in Chinese.
Richard C
wierd and boring. C
Wildaly M
Not a bad effort from Li and Aaliyah. Didn't really care much about the plot. But then again this isn't a movie where you can get both action and good… More