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Romeo and Juliet

drama, romance

Director Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was touted at the time of its release

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Wonderful, but a little too mature for some kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that four centuries haven't diminished the relevance of this tragic and brilliantly worded story, in which the examples of two feuding families drive home a fatal point. Still, teens may see the story as a glamorization of suicide and the subject is well worth discussing with them.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's depiction of suicide.
  • Why do the two families hate one another?
  • How does the ending make you feel about love?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 12
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Top Critic Reviews


- Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Mostly it remains enjoyable for its color and visual flair.

- Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Yes I think we all get the picture that the leads played their roles fantastically. The movie itself wasn't perfect because of the cheesiness of it. It's great if your into romance films but it's not for everyone. Olivia Hussey is definetely the best Juliet there's ever been. It's solid for a romance but as I said it wont hold universal appeal. The reason being for me because it didn't feel like it was on a large enough epic or tragic scale.

- aquateen2, Tuesday, January 24, 2012

3 stars

I liked this version, but I had a feeling they had a lot of vreepy clothes and terrible acting.

- DreamExtractor, Thursday, May 19, 2011

4 stars

Saw this in English class my freshman year of high school. I don't have excellent memories of all of it, so I should probably rewatch it sometime, but, for a straight take on the story, it's probably the best one to pick. No one does spectacle like Zeffirelli.

- cosmo313, Thursday, May 12, 2011