Tristan & Isolde Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
December 18, 2006
Strikes a good balance between action and romance in this version of the medieval legend.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 27, 2006
[Tristan and Isolde] moves so sluggishly that someone must have been dosing the cast and crew with Nyquil.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Martin Hoyle
Time Out
May 6, 2006
Pretty and rather dull.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 26, 2006
It's so cheesy and corny.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 18, 2006
A serious, old-fashioned, history-heavy romance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter L'Official
Village Voice
January 17, 2006
I dub thee tolerable.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 14, 2006
I can wholeheartedly recommend Tristan & Isolde, even to those who don't have a penchant for period piece romances. The movie has a lot to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 14, 2006
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Joe Leydon
Variety
January 13, 2006
A handsomely produced and sporadically rousing re-retelling of the ancient Celtic legend about star-crossed lovers.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
January 13, 2006
The movie plods around, appears to pick up speed, but then falters. Worse, we never feel true sympathy for the lovers who are forced to risk all to meet in secret when fate and politics keep them apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 13, 2006
While Tristan & Isolde, a competent but uninspired film version of the legendary medieval romance, will likely fade from theaters and memories quickly, Myles' lovely face and spirited performance should linger.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 13, 2006
We don't find a tale of transcendent passion but rather of two vain nitwits in a case of routine attraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 13, 2006
The story itself -- Tristan falls in love with Isolde first, only to see her married off as part of a cold-hearted peace treaty -- is merely dreary, full of overwrought villainy and thuggish jousting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 13, 2006
Trying to underplay things, the actors practically sleepwalk. When someone finally gets the chance to shout, 'Seize him!' he does so with as much gusto as the guy who says, 'WINS news time: 8:45.'
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 13, 2006
It's that rare movie that had me wishing I was at the opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 13, 2006
Tristan & Isolde is deadly serious, straightforward and surprisingly entertaining tragedy that reinforces much of what we think we know about the Dark Ages in Britain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 13, 2006
There's far more smiting than smooching -- more hewing of limbs than heaving of bosoms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 13, 2006
Sorry, no magic here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 13, 2006
In the end, Tristan & Isolde is never painful. It's just a bit of a dull blade.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 13, 2006
This Tristan is strictly for those who prefer their romantic melodrama bloodied up a bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
January 13, 2006
Franco looks appropriately troubled as Tristan. Myles is pretty and sweet enough to win hearts as Isolde.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 13, 2006
The fate of two nations hinges on the nondisclosure of the stolen kisses and secret trysts. But, boy, could I have not cared less.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
January 13, 2006
Tristan & Isolde wants to be an epic, but it has all the weight of a high school play.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 12, 2006
This relationship lacks a critical ingredient: passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
January 12, 2006
Franco's curly locks may make the target audience swoon, but his presence never allows the rest of us to completely sink into Tristan & Isolde.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 12, 2006
Well, I just had this weird feeling that things weren't going to work out for them. But even though you can see it coming, this director Kevin Reynolds just makes the whole thing drag on and on and on and on.
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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News
January 12, 2006
Tristan & Isolde is gorgeous to watch. The film's cinematography shines as a stunning example of setting, costumes, choreography and visual mood. And the story is entertaining, epic in scope but without an interminable length.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 12, 2006
There is something undeniably pleasant about an entertainment like Tristan & Isolde that delivers exactly what it promises, no less, no more.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 12, 2006
Though Reynolds' film tops two hours (which in a season of epics seems almost trim), he keeps the action brisk.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 12, 2006
Tristan has its slightly silly moments, but rather like those fondly remembered epics of Hollywood past, its energy and entertainment value carry the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
January 12, 2006
Mindless, predictable and mildly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 12, 2006
At its core is a pair of lovers no contemporary audience could possibly care for, and at the periphery are characters that threaten to become interesting but never quite do.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 12, 2006
Over-the-top romance notwithstanding, Tristan and Isolde is a watchable hoot, with skirmishes and swordplay erupting whenever the story drags.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 12, 2006
The knights and ladies don't look like escapees from a Prince Valiant comic strip, but like physical, vulnerable, survivors of the conflicts left behind by the Romans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
January 12, 2006
As for the storied passion at the center of this tale, it burns about as brightly as a matchstick in a rainstorm.
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 12, 2006
It's just a pretty valentine with no real heart.
Full Review | Original Score: C