William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
  • PG-13
  • 2h 1m
  • 1996
Fresh72%
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Baz Luhrmann's dazzling and unconventional adaptation of William Shakespear's classic love story is spellbinding. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes portray Romeo and Juliet, the youthful star-crossed lovers of the past. But the setting has been moved from it's Elizabethan origins to the futuristic urban backdrop of Verona Beach.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh72%
Critics Consensus: Baz Luhrmann's visual aesthetic is as divisive as it is fresh and inventive.
Reviews
Variety
Todd McCarthy
Rotten

Doesn't approach the emotional resonance of Franco Zeffirelli's immensely popular 1968 screen vers...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Geoff Andrew
Fresh

Luhrmann's gleefully cinematic version of the play is so relentlessly inventive and innovative, it...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Janet Maslin
Rotten

Where is the audience willing to watch a classic play thrown in the path of a subway train?

June 17, 2017
Washington Post
Desson Thomson
Rotten

Puts Shakespeare's greatest romance in a choke-hold and takes it slam-dancing.

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Optically brilliant, violent update of classic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film features a considerable amount of blood, violence, and explicit references to sex. Prostitution, brief nudity, teen sex, gang-related deaths, car assaults, bloody fistfights, and a gangster pointing a pistol directly at a child's face, makes this film inappropriate for kids under the age of 17. There's a strong emphasis on guns that can easily be seen as glamorization: characters sport decorated pistols and fashionably threatening jewelry (skull rings, dagger belts), not to mention an ad for bullets. Background scenery makes much use of billboards, posters, and license plates designed to mimic soda, liquor, and cigarette ads.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 1, 1996
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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