William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet Synopsis
Twentieth-century teenagers (Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes) tragically fall in love.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Amid the clamor from outraged purists and Shakespeare spinning in his Stratford-on-Avon, England, grave, you should notice that Luhrmann...
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89

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
This Romeo & Juliet is a rich visual feast, besotted with the fervor of its acrobatic camerawork and kinetic staging and its mind-bending...
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80

Empire

Baz Luhrmann takes the audience on a unique ride through one of the Bard's best-known texts, illuminating the story, occasionally...
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75

TV Guide

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As the doomed lovers, DiCaprio and Danes -- both luminous, limpid-eyed beauties -- are allowed to deliver delicate, unpretentious...
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Moving the action to a modern American city, the hyperactive movie seems goofy and gimmicky at first, but it acquires real power when the...
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
While such a loud, brash interpretation may not go down in cinematic history as the definitive version of the play, hopefully it will open...
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Despite implied fidelity, we might as well be watching William Shakespeare's The Cable Guy. Yet the film's skewed stylistic flourishes...
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Romeo & Juliet is a series of spectacular production designs posing as a motion picture.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I have never seen anything remotely approaching the mess that the new punk version of "Romeo & Juliet" makes of Shakespeare's tragedy.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The result is embarrassing: quick cuts and shaky, hand- held camera work, bad acting and lots of attitude.
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Loved it!

By kay2u
Well it was surely not as good as the 1968 version but this movie rocked! I t did a great job of relating to a younger audience!...

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well i guess im the only one who likes this movie since im the only one reviewing it well let me start off to say romeo and juliet is the best book/movie i have ever seen in my life and yes i will...

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My favorite movie ever!

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Love this movie....

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Rated PG-13 | For Some Sensuality and Contemporary Violence
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Optically brilliant, violent update of classic.
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VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF