Romeo + Juliet

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Romeo + Juliet
It's William Shakespeare's epic and searing tale of love. An ageless story from the world's most renowned author is reimagined for the 21st Century. This adaptation is told in the lush traditional setting it was written, but gives a new generation the chance to fall in love with the enduring legend.


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Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis

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Sep 28, 2014

While this movie was visually appealing, the acting was awful. The actors mumbled their lines and there was no real romantic passion between Romeo and Juliet. With the exception of Damian Lewis as Lord Capulet the performances lacked any fire or passion. See instead.Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 Romeo and Juliet version.

Sep 20, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The editing and modifications to the script (and even plot) were annoying. Nowhere near the spark and life of the Zefferelli version.

Apr 23, 2014
  • deadpoollover rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

ok, this was awful. I can't even begin to describe how bad it was. I mean the costumes were good. but here I will give you a list of why I hate this:
-cheesy lines
-they rhyme almost every single time they speak
- Juliet was not pretty at all. romeo was cute, but had too many delicate features in his face
- unnecessary sword fights

Apr 03, 2014
  • Vilka rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Beautiful costumes, some good actors sprinkled in, and gorgeous setting (shot in the streets and beautifully-made old buildings of real-life Verona). Abridged to make it more accessible, & the actors all seemed to understand the lines they spoke, which is absolutely crucial to pull off a Shakespeare performance. The story, though, is as dumb as ever--Shakespeare writes some beautiful lines, many of which are in this play, and I love him, but the plot of this play has always annoyed the heck out of me, and this rendition didn't give me anything new to distract from the core dumb decisions. Like the meme says, this is not a love story, it's a 3-day relationship between a 13-year-old and a 17-year-old that causes the deaths of 6 people. This movie still felt more like an unfortunate teen-aged infatuation than a love story. Watch for the costumes and the setting, though!

Mar 01, 2014
  • brontelit87 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I was very impressed with this adaptation. The actors are all great, the locations are wonderful, and pacing is quick. I don't know why this movie didn't get better reviews. The leads, Booth & Steinfeld, are very good as Romeo and Juliet. In her NY Times review, Manohla Dargis stated that Steinfeld was miscast. After seeing the movie, though, I disagree. Perhaps Steinfeld wasn't the best to play Juliet, but I felt that she was very good and had an excellent grasp of the Shakespearean language (in contrast to most American actors). This adaptation is also great for all ages as well. You can introduce kids (ages 11 and up) to Shakespeare through this movie, since there are no R rated elements in this adaptation. I also loved the actor who portrayed Benvolio. He was so young, and yet so marvelous in the role! His grasp of the Shakespearean dialogue was splendid. All of the other actors, including Damian Lewis & Paul Giamatti, are fantastic. My only major complaint is that the highly emotional, yet good, score, got in the way in pivotal scenes. In any case, give this movie a chance. Highly recommended.

Feb 21, 2014
  • kkgreene rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

just like most of the others

Feb 20, 2014
  • booklady413 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was excellent. What made it really special was the fact that it was filmed in Verona, and adapted by Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame.


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