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Romeo Must Die

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

This hip-hop Romeo and Juliet is awful.

Movie R 2000 115 minutes
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age 10+

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age 10+


The official review is really unfair. This movie is a classic, showcasing talents like Jet Li, Russell Wong, Aaliyah, etc. The soundtrack alone makes it worth the watch, and the interracial relationship was ahead of its time. Not overly violent for a rated r movie.

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ROMEO MUST DIE is a tired tale of rival gangsters. Fans of martial arts will do well to wait for it to come out on video, so they can fast-forward through all the meaningless exposition and endless shots of people giving mean and meaningful looks at each other and get to the good stuff.

There are some nice fight scenes, though it seems an insult to Jet Li's extraordinary talent to trick them up with computer graphics. If we want to see people suspended in the air while they kick each other, we can rent The Matrix. Little flashes of x-ray shots of bones being crunched are an interesting touch. When you're fast-forwarding the video, be sure to stop and see it.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 22, 2000
  • On DVD or streaming: August 1, 2000
  • Cast: Aaliyah, DMX, Jet Li
  • Director: Bart Bartkowiak
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Run time: 115 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: violence, some language and brief nudity
  • Last updated: April 1, 2023

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