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Tristan & Isolde (2006)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 121
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 82

Competent but somewhat static, Tristan & Isolde doesn't achieve the sweeping romanticism that it aims for.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 21

Competent but somewhat static, Tristan & Isolde doesn't achieve the sweeping romanticism that it aims for.



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In the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde, young lovers become doomed against the forces of royal politics. English knight Tristan wins the hand of the daughter of the Irish King, but the love threatens the truce between their two countries.

Apr 25, 2006


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All Critics (127) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (82) | DVD (17)

Strikes a good balance between action and romance in this version of the medieval legend.

December 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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[Tristan and Isolde] moves so sluggishly that someone must have been dosing the cast and crew with Nyquil.

November 27, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Pretty and rather dull.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's so cheesy and corny.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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A serious, old-fashioned, history-heavy romance.

January 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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I dub thee tolerable.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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You watch this benumbed retelling of the ancient legend thinking, "This, too, shall pass."

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

No Wagner libretto and not much depth or soul.

November 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Tristan & Isolde isn't the sort of film you'd go out of your way for, but you could certainly do a lot worse.

November 2, 2006
Christianity Today

one of those movies you keep in that special shelf, to watch them when you're ready to kill yourself, just to make sure you made the right decision

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comment (1)
Movies for the Masses

A movie in which all necessities are captured in two hours of ambitious celluloid, except for one critical anchoring piece: a heart.

June 29, 2006 Full Review Source:

Funciona principalmente graças ŕ maneira eficaz com que retrata o amor do casal-título, que jamais deixa de soar convincente.

June 23, 2006
Cinema em Cena

The production is grimy and listless, without any color to be seen, literal or figurative -- not even those little red dots meant to deter piracy. But then, there's not much danger of that.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A strong visual style and a violent streak only partially undone by the PG-13 rating.

May 8, 2006 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

Fans of historical epics will find much to like in the costuming, battle sequences and cinematography, but the love story itself is underdeveloped.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

The two leads, James Franco and Sophia Myles, generate a modicum of chemistry, despite being penned in by a clunky script.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian

By removing the sorcery and operatic excess so synonymous with the story, the filmmakers conjure an affecting, pretty melodrama... with the emphasis more on mellow than drama.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A compelling story washed down for a film that's likely only appeal to pre-teen girls.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Unlike Franco's mop, no amount of teasing can keep this romance from falling flat.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source:

Swords clank, star-crossed lovers yearn, yadda yadda yadda.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source:

Frequently rubbish but nonetheless enjoyable swashbuckler, despite a tendency to take itself a bit too seriously. More fun than King Arthur.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Rustic and lusty, Tristan and Isolde looks great but still feels less than real, as if the cinematic exaggerations actually diminish the central story.

March 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A legendary love story set amidst violent clashes between English warlords and an Irish king fails to impress.

February 15, 2006 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for Tristan & Isolde

I wouldn't say this film was faultless, it's just that it wasn't really my cup of tea. The direction, acting, story etc where all fine, it's just that I feel we've seen all this before. I know it is a classic story but it is one that has been told time and time again, to the point that when we get a really good version like this, I just can't get excited about it. Probably a little unfair of me but that's how it is.
September 5, 2013

Super Reviewer

James Franco is eaaaassssyyyy on the eyes isn't he? Wowza. Other than that... eh... sorry not much else to say on this...
November 3, 2010
Jennifer D

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Melodrama, but decent melodrama. Gorgeous artistic direction and engrossing story of ill-fated lovers.
January 9, 2009

Super Reviewer

Utterly rote romantic drama which retells the medieval legend of Tristan and Iseult. The script is not compelling, the story drags, and the leads barely register any passion whatsoever. If you must see a movie about star crossed lovers, see Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet instead.
December 1, 2008

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    1. Tristan: Isolde, we can't.
    2. Isolde: It's like asking me to stop breathing.
    – Submitted by Raisul I (15 months ago)
    1. Isolde: I'm yours!
    – Submitted by Raisul I (15 months ago)
    1. Bragnae: I've not been naked with a man for 15 years.
    – Submitted by Raisul I (15 months ago)
    1. Isolde: Why?
    2. Tristan: There are other things to live for: duty, honor.
    3. Isolde: But they are not life Tristan. They are the shells of life, and empty ones if in the end all they hold are days and days without love. Love is made by God. Ignore it and you suffer as you cannot imagine.
    4. Tristan: Then I will no longer live without it.
    – Submitted by Raisul I (15 months ago)
    1. Marke: How long?
    2. Isolde: Since you thought he was dead. I found him wounded on a beach in Ireland. And I told him my name was Bragnae. So when he came to the tournament at Dunluce to win Doncadh's daughter he didnt realize it was me. All this time, my heart has been his. And I'm sorry. He tried, harder than you can possible imagine because he loves you.
    – Submitted by Raisul I (15 months ago)
    1. Isolde: And your parents?
    2. Tristan: They also died when I was young.
    3. Isolde: From what?
    4. Tristan: Another different type of Irish kindness.
    – Submitted by Raisul I (15 months ago)
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