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Romeo & Juliet (2013)

Hailee Steinfeld , Douglas Booth  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2014
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,923 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

William Shakespeare's epic and searing love story has been revitalized for a whole new generation by Academy Awardr-Winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes* and acclaimed director Carlo Carlei. Douglas Booth and Academy Awardr Nominee Hailee Steinfeld** lead an extraordinary ensemble cast as Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed youths who fall for each other in spite of their feuding families. Filled with lush, enchanting imagery amid its original setting in Verona, Italy, this legendary tale of romance remains timeless and transcendent...and as powerful as ever.

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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely production that is worth seeing. January 27, 2014
I am a firm believer that there are many ways to re-tell a story, and whether a story or book may have been adapted before, others come up with their own version that is fresh and different and worth seeing. So while I have seen (and love) the 1968 version with Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting and enjoyed the modern-day revisionist version by Baz Luhrmann, I found myself also enjoying this new version very much.

It is worth noting that the screenplay was penned by British screenwriter Julian Fellowes (Oscar-nominated "Gosford Park," "The Young Victoria" and that lovely gem of a mini-series "Downton Abbey").

The cast is comprised of both respected veterans (Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Stellan Skarsgard, Lesley Manville) and young, up-and-coming actors (Douglas Booth, Hailee Steinfeld, Christian Cooke, Kodi Smit-McPhee).

The sets are sumptuous (all of the filming was done in Italy and the Italian landscape and architecture are themselves stars in the film) along with the beautiful costumes.

It should be noted that this film is not a copy of the 1968 version. It stands on its own - some scenes are presented differently than the 1968 version; other scenes are brought in that are not in previous versions and vice versa. In addition, if you are a Shakespeare scholar, then please note that the filmmakers had stated from the beginning that they wanted to make a Romeo & Juliet in the classic setting that would appeal to modern audiences. So if you are expecting a word-for-word presentation of Shakespeare's work, then you will be disappointed. Those looking for a definitive R&J adaptation may be better off renting//buying the 1968 version or going to see the Shakespeare play.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Insult to the Bard. April 4, 2014
By dawn h.
Steinfeld and Booth deliver very flat performances which makes one wonder if they understood any of the lines they memorized. The script itself was a mess. Whoever decided to switch back and forth between Shakespeare's English and modern English made a fatal error. The language is the point. When one bastardizes the language, one strips the play of its art, context, setting, characterization... everything. It's all in the language! Regardless, if it wasn't for the over-the-top melodramatic score cuing the audience from time to time, we wouldn't know what emotions the cast was aiming for because the acting is so bad.

There are two redeemable qualities in this film: the setting and costumes are lavish and period correct. It's like Franco Zeffirelli's film got a makeover. Clearly, the film's budget was splurged on the set and costumes to good effect. And second, Paul Giamatti delivers a sound performance of Friar Lawrence.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars an alternative universe where Shakespeare sucks March 20, 2014
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Just terrible.
First of all, he changed the script. Um, it's Shakespeare. You don't do that! Second, it was clear he didn't understand the story to begin with. Like all of the characters' personalities were changed, and visually characters didn't match their description, but he kept in the description anyway.
There are parts that make zero sense because the director didn't understand the script! Like for example, when Romeo goes to see Juliet before the famous balcony scene, he says, "he jests at scars but has never felt a wound." Originally, this was supposed to be said to mercutio because he was making fun of Romeo for his love of Rosaline. But in this film, Romeo just says it, and it makes like zero sense.
On top of that, the two characters are just passionless. They recite their lines while staring at each other. It's boring. And there's this weird music behind the entire film! Like it's never quiet! Just one big song!
Thematically, this movie completely misses the mark. It is pure and utter junk.
The only redeeming quality it has its Romeo is hot. Like really hot. So, put that pure and utter junk in mute!
You know what it's like? It is like as if someone stepped on a butterfly in the post and created this weird other parallel universe where Shakespeare suddenly wrote purely constructed, flat plays.

Only buy this film if you plan to make fun of it. Otherwise, save your money. It is a poor representation of the story.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Love Story February 13, 2014
There are a lot of versions of this classic love story out there, but this is one of my favorites. I think everyone pretty much knows the gist of the story. A pair of star-crossed lovers born into rival families take their lives rather than live apart. What sets this movie apart from other version are the stunning performances and gorgeous backdrops. It's not a word for word adaption of the play, but it is set in Verona and stays true to the basic theme. The costumes are stunning and the passion of this doomed couple simply emanates off the screen.

Romeo & Juliet is a truly a timeless romance, but this film makes it fresh for a new generation. My teenage daughter enjoyed it every bit as much as I did and went right to the school library to borrow the original play to see how it compares. Anything that inspires the younger generation to read the classics is a great thing is my book.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hailee Steinfeld is fanstastic. February 1, 2014
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This adaptation of the classic Romeo and Juliet story is outstanding!!! Not only does young and beautiful Hailee Steinfeld give a excellent and compelling performance, she has the English accent spot on! (She is definitely an Oscar level actress and Hailee makes one of the most gorgeous Juliets at only 15 yrs. old at the time of filming this movie!) Both Hailee and Booth have incredible chemistry. There are no shocking nude scenes, just brilliant acting, and a great cast and production. I would not be surprise that this movie will be considered a classic in the future. It was in limited release and most folks in a age of special effects ,shocking images, and non-stop in your face comedy or action movies,are not used to the quiet pace of this film. But given the chance, regardless of the critics and folks who just want to bash the cast, this movie shines with a clear and straight forward Romeo and Juliet movie with no gimmicks. There is a nice small surprise in the film,(at least to me,) a scene every Romeo and Juliet fan always wanted to see IMO. And this movie I think finally does it without changing the tradition of this play. You will have to find out for yourself and watch the movie. ;)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Subpar
As a teacher that is looking for a good movie to accompany the play it was okay. I will show it to them because there are in great ones out there.
Published 3 days ago by B. Shea
5.0 out of 5 stars Romeo and Juliet Review
I have seen many versions of this story and this was the best one in my opinion. As a teacher of 9th grade English we read this play and I'd feel comfortable showing this to them. Read more
Published 9 days ago by kymthomas
3.0 out of 5 stars My reason for the 3 star rating instead of a 5 star rating..
My reason being is how you can you tell a love story like Romeo and Juliet in 3 days? because that is exactly how much time Romeo and Juliet spent together,getting to know... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Victoria R.Remington
1.0 out of 5 stars Well...the sets are pretty
For never was a version more slow, than this one butchered by Fellowes.

Don't get me wrong -- I love modern adaptations of Shakespeare when they are well done, but I'm... Read more
Published 11 days ago by S.G.
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
We, my students and I , were so excited after seeing the trailer for this movie. But sadly, there are many lines overlooked. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Brook H
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it.
Very nice and romantic movie. I really enjoyed watching it. I Like those old historic movies. Thank you so much.
Published 17 days ago by abir
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the three ever made!
This is the cleanest of the three movies made for me to show in my classroom. Although the Zefarelli movie was very good, this is better! My 9th grade students loved it!
Published 20 days ago by Diane Wolverton
1.0 out of 5 stars Just in case you didn't think Julian Fellowes was bad enough on his...
There have been many cases of terrible violence done to Shakespeare plays. The two most egregious examples are Bowdler's Family Shakespeare where he edited out all the vulgarities... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Tim Lieder
4.0 out of 5 stars "Romeo & Juliet"
I liked it, but not as much as the original movie in 1969. Included scenes omitted in original version, though.
Published 22 days ago by Vonneice Flora
4.0 out of 5 stars An English teacher approves with reservations.
I had high hopes for this film, and I did like it. It has the same Renaissance setting as Zeffirelli's film, but the acting is sweeter and more subtle. Read more
Published 24 days ago by T. Turner
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