Excerpt: Slow and stilted, like a high school class’ first read-through, Romeo & Juliet is a thoroughly tedious exercise. Though the material remains capable of inducing chills, here they’re purely nostalgic, emanating from memories of better productions or of studying the text itself, certainly not from this latest rehash.
Excerpt: This is one odd production, its highs (Paul Giametti’s funny, humane take on Friar Laurence; Verona locations) continually dashed by its lows (a shallow adaptation where puppy love replaces passion, a Romeo (Douglas Booth, “LOL”) prettier than his Juliet).
Excerpt: [T]he central romance has been reduced to a series of stares — sometimes in slow motion — and long, passionate kisses, and the lines in between them start to come across as necessary but neglected interruptions.
Excerpt: As Romeo and Juliet remakes go, this one is the Romeo and Julietest. That is, it’s about as straight a staging as you’re likely to find. If you’re the same age as the main characters, it will probably knock your socks off, much in the same way the Franco Zeffirelli version from 1968 wowed my 9th-grade English class, not to mention just about every other freshman student body for the last several decades.
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
Excerpt: A dumbed-diown Cliffs Notes version of the classic, directed at the ‘Twilight’ crowd.