Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Carlei’s film is not particularly imaginative in terms of context, but it offers proof that this material never tarnishes, that with the right sort of movie magic, even a traditional telling can be thrilling.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Mary Houlihan
Despite the filmmakers’ best attempts, the latest screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic love story Romeo & Juliet lands with a dull thud.
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By James Berardinelli
This is a competent, technically proficient rendering that may find favor with those who have never seen Romeo & Juliet on the big screen but it's little more than a curiosity for those with a long history of watching Shakespeare's works translated to the cinema.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
This version is never rough, nor rude, nor boisterous, but for first-timers, perhaps wisely and slow is the way to go. There will be time enough for them to discover cinema’s superior adaptations anon.
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New York Post

By Sara Stewart
Italian director Carlo Carlei has a background in TV movies, and this film, plodding and earnest, seems meant for the small screen, too.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
The older the actors here the better they are, as pros like Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis have it all over low-voltage young leads Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld. Relativity will be lucky to milk anything more than a moderate take from this pretty but unexciting enactment.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While there is a pleasantness about this faithful Shakespearean reboot, there also is some woeful miscasting and a lukewarm feeling about the straightforward production.
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Fellowes' many changes diminish the power of Shakespeare's story.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
This Romeo and Juliet is hard to take seriously - and simply hard to take.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Rarely do two lines go by without Fellowes changing something, always for the worse.
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41 out of 100
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