Romeo + Juliet
Romeo + Juliet (1996)

The classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy is updated by director Baz Luhrmann to a post-modern Verona Beach where swords are merely a brand of gun and bored youths are easily spurred toward violence. Longtime rivals in religion and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 1, 1996
DVD Release Date: May 25, 1999
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Baz Luhrmann's visual aesthetic is as divisive as it is fresh and inventive.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A slick blast of ''decadence,'' the kind of violent swank-trash music video that may make you feel like reaching for the remote control.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Where is the audience willing to watch a classic play thrown in the path of a subway train?

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

a fantastic introduction to Shakespeare for the novice and the young

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Todd McCarthy

Doesn't approach the emotional resonance of Franco Zeffirelli's immensely popular 1968 screen version.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Puts Shakespeare's greatest romance in a choke-hold and takes it slam-dancing.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Put simply: you're not likely to regard Romeo + Juliet as truly great cinema unless the song "Lovefool" stirs your soul.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Luhrmann's gleefully cinematic version of the play is so relentlessly inventive and innovative, it takes 20 minutes to get a grasp on how appropriate is his approach to the material.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A monumental disaster.

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Anna Coatman
Little White Lies

Look back on your first love, without it making you wince.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Candy Rose
Excellent modern adaptation of Romeo & Juliet. I love the vibrant colours, costumes and soundtrack. I'm also very impressed with the use of ole… More
Jennifer Xu
I don't usually like Baz Luhrmann's aesthetic (too noisy), but it just works here, alongside this improbable classic story with the cuh-razy… More
Liam Gadd
A fresh, very enjoyable and engrosing adaptation of Shakespeare's classic play. DiCaprio and Danes are excellent.
Aj V
When I first saw this movie I thought it was very interesting how they updated the story in such a unique way. Now that I'm older and have studied the… More
Melvin White
Romeo: Did my heart love 'til now? Forswear its sight. For I never saw true beauty 'til this night.  "The Classic Love Story Set In Our… More
Bethany Murphy
Couldn't watch it all the way through! The fact that you don't understand what they're saying makes it difficult to watch!