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Romeo and Juliet

drama, romance


Shakespeare's epic love story has been revitalized for a whole new generation! Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld lead an extraordinary cast as Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed youths who fall for each other in spite of their feuding families.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    22%
  • Audience Score
    48%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    22%
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  • Audience

    48%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: "Romeo and Juliet" is too soapy and improbable to count among the Bard's very best plays, but it surely has some of his best dialogue, and messing it up this much is close to inexcusable.

- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Monday, October 14, 2013

Rotten: So reverential is this play of the play, the Bard would likely blush.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, October 10, 2013

Rotten: While there is a pleasantness about this faithful Shakespearean reboot, there also is some woeful miscasting and a lukewarm feeling about the straightforward production.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Thursday, October 10, 2013

Audience Reviews

2 stars

GORGEOUS scenery and costumes. Completely gorgeous. Some not bad delivery. Eh.

- MeetMeinMontauk, Thursday, October 10, 2013

2 stars

An inadequate version of the Bard's love and death saga with a very disappointing Hailee Steinfeld mumbling her way through the sacred prose and performing the most awkward kissing scenes in quite awhile. Lesley Manville and Paul Giamatti are the lone standouts in this forgettable cast. (10-9-13)

- johncasey654, Thursday, October 10, 2013

3 stars

It was good but not great. Still enjoyed Baz Luhrman's version more. First of all this version adds scenes/dialogue that was never in Shakespeare's work. Literally the beginning scene takes place at a tournament. So it totally threw me off. For the the first 10 minutes I was like "This isn't Shakespeare...is supposed to be like in modern dialogue or something". The movie wasn't completely like that. I would say that 90-95% of the movie was straight out of Shakespeare's play. But there was little bits here and there that were added in. Also I felt like the film didn't really hit its stride until Romeo meets with Juliet and they plan their wedding. Everything before that kinda felt forced and almost a bit too theater-y if that makes any sense. Ed Westwick wasn't that great...but holy crap Damian Lewis WAS AWFUL. Remind me to not watch crap hes in. I did really like Hailee and Douglas though. They were really good as the leads. Paul Giamatti was totally awesome and my favourite. I did get teary eyed once. It was at the end when they are at Romeo and Juliet's funeral. Benevoli goes up to their bodies, and put's their hands in each others. I thought it was a beautiful touch and pulled at my heart strings. Overall it was enjoyable but not a perfect film.

- mrbicklethepickle, Saturday, November 9, 2013