Romeo + Juliet
This film gives Shakespeare's Elizabethan English a contemporary American voice, set in the mythical city of Verona Beach, this story is passionate, visceral, sexy, violent, other-worldly, neither future nor past.
© 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
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Optically brilliant, violent update of classic.
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Top Critic Reviews
Rotten: Puts Shakespeare's greatest romance in a choke-hold and takes it slam-dancing.
- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Wednesday, August 28, 2002
Fresh: 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.
- Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006
Fresh: Danes makes a breathtaking Juliet, merging strength and fragility into one.
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Saturday, January 1, 2000
I liked this a lot. Horribly stupid moments and taking out many scenes was only problem. Acting was great, and was worthy of Shakespeares work
- DreamExtractor, Thursday, May 19, 2011
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 theatre more, though, I don't like this movie as much. It seems to only have been a vehicle for Leo fans to romanticize him. I guess it has a little of both.
- ajv2688, Saturday, July 9, 2011