Review: 'Romeo and Juliet'
Original post made on Oct 16, 2013
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on Oct 16, 2013 at 4:43 pm
This review is surprising. An Academy Award winning writer, superb actors, great locations, authentic period costumes and based upon a great play...and this doesn't even earn a single star?
I haven't seen the film yet, but I can't imagine that it doesn't merit a single star. RottenTomatoes has it with an average rating of 4.4 out of 10. That would be 44% -- hardly a "zero star" rating. The audience at RottenTomatoes is much more generous with a fresh 61% review.
I'm not saying that this is a bad review or that I necessarily disagree; however, there aren't many films that earn an absolute zero. I have a friends tell me that it was "so-so," "just okay" and "something you expect to find on Masterpiece Theater on PBS."
I will say this though: This review is almost seems "petty" by resorting to name calling. "Told by an idiot?" How would the author like it if we said that this review was "written by an idiot?" There is this thing called "tact" that allows a critic to review a film without resorting to cheap shots at the writer.
on Oct 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm
full of sound and fury Signifying nothing.
on Oct 16, 2013 at 11:45 pm
...this tone-deaf travesty, this misbegotten farrago, this offensive, rank, charmless, near-lifeless, anti-romantic twaddle, a classic tale "told by an idiot."
I like it when a reviewer really lets it rip. Thank you! So much crap gets positive reviews, it's refreshing to read the real stuff.
Canavese warned us that he knows the play and loves it. His love was betrayed by the film. Let 'er rip, reviewer!