• Network: PBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 23, 2021
User Score
3.8

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4

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Awards & Rankings

Metascore
92

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Apr 23, 2021
    91
    The most recent film version of “Romeo & Juliet,” airing this week as part of PBS’ long-running “Great Performances” series, gains something profound in separating this cultural touchstone into its component parts. ... “Romeo & Juliet” is both a presentation and a kind of secret, one that’s all the more entrancing by what it chooses to leave hidden.
  2. Reviewed by: Jesse Green
    Apr 22, 2021
    90
    This emotionally satisfying and highly theatrical filmed version scores point after point while whizzing past, or outright cutting, the elements that can make you think it was written not by Shakespeare but by O. Henry on a bender.
  3. Reviewed by: Helen Shaw
    Apr 21, 2021
    90
    It sounds just about as modern as something 500 years old can sound. Godwin may be directing for a screen for the first time, but he’s a longtime expert at helping actors inhabit verse, and each member of the superb cast swims easily in the language — the meter pulses through them, and every thought is clear.