General Information

Glossary: R
Released Year: 1996
Runtime: 120 minutes
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directors: Baz Luhrmann
Casts: Paul Rudd, Miriam Margolyes, John Leguizamo, Dash Mihok, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Kennedy, Brian Dennehy, Harold Perrineau, Pete Postlethwaite, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Vincent Laresca, Paul Sorvino, Claire Danes, Diane Venora, Edwina Moore
IMDB: Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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Ratings


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IMDB Rating: 6.8

Reviews

100
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers
Amid the clamor from outraged purists and Shakespeare spinning in his Stratford-on-Avon, England, grave, you should notice that Luhrmann and his two bright angels have shaken up a 400-year-old play without losing its touching, poetic innocence.
90
Slate - Unnamed
It may be the most visually imaginative Shakespeare film since Akira Kurosawa's "Ran", and certainly one of the more operatic Hollywood creations of recent years.
89
Austin Chronicle - Marjorie Baumgarten
This Romeo & Juliet is a rich visual feast, besotted with the fervor of its acrobatic camerawork and kinetic staging and its mind-bending aggregation of unrelated but resonant fragments of 20th-century iconography.
75
ReelViews - James Berardinelli
While such a loud, brash interpretation may not go down in cinematic history as the definitive version of the play, hopefully it will open a few eyes and widen the audience willing to venture into any movie bearing the credit "based on the play by William Shakespeare."
75
The A.V. Club - Noel Murray
For all the hubbub, the film succeeds in relating Shakespeare to modern times, thanks mainly to the use of energetic pop music and the gameness of the performers.

Romeo + Juliet (1996)



In director Baz Luhrmann's contemporary take on William Shakespeare's classic tragedy, the Montagues and Capulets have moved their ongoing feud to the sweltering suburb of Verona Beach, where Romeo and Juliet fall in love and secretly wed. Though the film is visually modern, the bard's dialogue remains.