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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.

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
3 out of 5

Teen-friendly take on Bard's classic has spark, little soul.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this not-so-faithful adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a fairly traditional, straightforward, period piece that will likely appeal to teens. The romance at the heart of it is sweet; Romeo and Juliet's attraction depicted as instant love. There's no swearing but some poison-drinking and swordplay, some of which -- no spoiler here -- ends up in death.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what made Romeo and Juliet immune to the hatred sown by their feuding families. How would this kind of family feud play out today?
  • Was Romeo and Juliet's love really true love? Or a romanticized, idealized version of love? What is the film's take on it?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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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,, 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 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