Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 9, 2012
    90
    Much better to focus on the tempestuous Mercutio (Hale Appleman, a standout), whose increasing volatility forms the perfect counterpoint to Mr. Doyle's beaming Juliet and Seth Numrich's sensitive Romeo. Punctuated by eerily static shots of empty basketball courts and deserted hallways, Mercutio's blustering menace is as timeless as the romance he seeks to derail.
  2. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Feb 8, 2012
    75
    No contemporary film that promotes love instead of war should be overlooked. Private Romeo will undoubtedly be regarded by some as a curio, but it's a sweet, sympathetic and surprising one, highly recommended to the adventurous spirit in an enlightened and changing world.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Feb 7, 2012
    70
    Sticking closely to the written text (with basketballs and barbells supplying incidental props) and wisely not attempting to reimagine the specific circumstances that separate the lovers, a dynamite ensemble cast of young actors invests the Bard's poetry with energetic immediacy.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 9, 2012
    40
    Unfortunately, "modern" additions (like the soldiers' YouTube videos and some social media moments) feel clunky, and a necessarily shortened approach trips the movie up, though leads Matt Doyle and Seth Numrich - accomplished Broadway actors - are intense, engaged and appropriately tragic.
  5. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Feb 7, 2012
    40
    The hunky ensemble shares a fine chemistry, but Brown's stylistic choices lie somewhere between perverse and nonsensical.
  6. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Feb 8, 2012
    38
    Private Romeo feels more like a side project from the producers of Glee than some kind of novel queering of Shakespeare's text.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Feb 10, 2012
    25
    How cheap-looking is the modern-day romantic tragedy Private Romeo? Take a couple of friends to see it, and the amount you spend may exceed the amount the filmmakers did.

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