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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • NA
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The result is embarrassing: quick cuts and shaky, hand- held camera work, bad acting and lots of attitude. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Despite implied fidelity, we might as well be watching William Shakespeare's The Cable Guy. Yet the film's skewed stylistic flourishes capture enough of the original's spirit to provoke more respect than rejection. [01Nov1996, Pg. 01.D] show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    As the doomed lovers, DiCaprio and Danes -- both luminous, limpid-eyed beauties -- are allowed to deliver delicate, unpretentious performances, and their love becomes a modest, frighteningly fragile oasis amidst a tawdry saturnalia of noise and glitter. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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." show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I have never seen anything remotely approaching the mess that the new punk version of "Romeo & Juliet" makes of Shakespeare's tragedy. show more

  • 80
    Empire

    Baz Luhrmann takes the audience on a unique ride through one of the Bard's best-known texts, illuminating the story, occasionally subjugating the language but always delivering a vision that is bold, brassy, hugely inventive and accessible and, in a strange way, just right. show more

  • 89
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Moving the action to a modern American city, the hyperactive movie seems goofy and gimmicky at first, but it acquires real power when the cinematography settles down enough for Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes to do some excellent acting. show more

  • 58
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Romeo & Juliet is a series of spectacular production designs posing as a motion picture. show more

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