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The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 143
Fresh: 105 | Rotten: 38

Though it may not reach for any new artistic heights, The Count of Monte Cristo is an old-fashioned yet enjoyable swashbuckler.


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 10

Though it may not reach for any new artistic heights, The Count of Monte Cristo is an old-fashioned yet enjoyable swashbuckler.



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The classic tale of swashbuckling adventure by the senior Alexandre Dumas comes to the screen in its umpteenth incarnation, this time from Kevin Reynolds, directing his first feature in five years. James Caviezel stars as Edmond Dantes, an honest sailor who plans to marry his beautiful lover Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk). Edmond doesn't know that his best friend Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce) secretly desires Mercedes for himself and schemes with fallen aristocrat Villefort (James Frain) to frame


Drama, Action & Adventure

Jay Wolpert

Sep 10, 2002


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All Critics (145) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (105) | Rotten (38) | DVD (23)

A preposterous, expansive and self-conscious attempt to resurrect the historical spectacular.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A big, vacuous, sometimes exciting glamour-puss of a movie.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Comment (1)
Chicago Tribune
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All in all, it's a pretty good execution of a story that's a lot richer than the ones Hollywood action screenwriters usually come up with on their own.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
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Old-form moviemaking at its best.

February 3, 2002
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There's a thin line between likably old-fashioned and fuddy-duddy, and The Count of Monte Cristo ... never quite settles on either side.

January 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comment (1)
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A rousingly old-fashioned swashbuckler with an abundance of vigorous action and nary a trace of wink-wink irony.

January 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Variety
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A thoroughly enjoyable movie for older kids.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This is visually stunning and a masterpiece.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Where Gladiator failed to give an adequate sense of how its hero grew and what he learned during his trials. ... Monte Cristo, on the other hand, takes its time.

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

Strong supporting performances, from Harris in particular, help make up for the uneven performances of the two leads ...

January 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

You know you're in for a good ol' popcorn-munching time when the movie's tagline is a bad pun on the title of a piece of fine literature.

June 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

While many would rightfully question why there is need for another take on Alexander Dumas' treasure, Reynolds has made a decent job of it.

April 29, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Dumas Lite: Less filling, still tastes pretty good

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source:

Apesar de algumas alterações lamentáveis com relação ao livro de Alexandre Dumas, o filme é interessante e se beneficia das atuações de Caviezel e Pearce.

February 23, 2003
Cinema em Cena

...A straightforward and beautifully accoutered period piece, rife with technical authenticity and eye-pleasing production values.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Dumas would feel insulted that the characters he breathed life into were no more than charicatures prancing across the screen in a period action film.

January 29, 2003 | Comments (4)
Cinema Sight

... in a marketplace littered with films that studios have unloaded to make a buck or two... "The Count of Monte Cristo" stands out like a treasure chest half-buried in the sand.

December 29, 2002 Full Review Source:

Will not top anyone's list of great literary adaptations, but it qualifies nonetheless as a swashbuckling guilty pleasure.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

This feature is about as necessary as a hole in the head

September 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Comment (1)
Matinee Magazine

...everything a good, old-fashioned adventure story should be: daring, flamboyant, exciting, heroic, and supremely romantic.

September 2, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Kevin Reynolds's telling of the Alexandre Dumas classic delightfully evokes the halcyon days of screen swashbucklers.

August 29, 2002 Full Review

It's extremely well-made, even though all the guts have been sucked out in an attempt to make it politically correct.

August 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Opulent Parisian mansions, gorgeous Napoleonic era costumes, and artistic cinematography wowed me almost as much as those dynamic performances by Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce.

June 13, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Ofrece una buena oportunidad de cultura (aunque sea condensada) que bien vale la pena aprovechar.

June 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Moviola

Audience Reviews for The Count of Monte Cristo

October 14, 2013
Directors Cat
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The 2002 adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' book is remarkable nonetheless. The splendid and grandeur presentation as well as its climatic scenes were entertaining. Although it doesn't heighten and raise the artfulness to new levels, it is still solid enough to win most of its audience. 3.5/5
January 3, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

A somewhat promising first half, but the films "climatic" end unfolds like a terrible TV-drama so convenient in its staging and so static in its direction. YOU ONCE CALLED ME FRIEND, YOU BETRAYED ME, HE IS YOUR SON, BLAAAAAAAH!


The casting was great, but the un-profound script and cliche themes of classicism completely fails to give the story any credible depth. Nothing but a polished period piece of rehash.
September 22, 2011
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

'The Count of Monte Cristo' is a well-made film with great performances from all its actors. The movie fails, however, with its pacing issues and boring dialogue. It should earn credit for achieving what it set out to do, but it loses so much entertainment value along the way.
June 20, 2011
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

    1. Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo: How did I escape? With difficulty. How did I plan this moment? With pleasure.
    – Submitted by Burak C (40 days ago)
    1. Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo: Kings to you Fernand!
    – Submitted by Burak C (40 days ago)
    1. Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo: You were right priest, you were right...
    – Submitted by Burak C (40 days ago)
    1. Fernand: What happened to your mercy?
    2. Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo: I'm a count, not a saint.
    – Submitted by Dennis L (2 years ago)
    1. Abbe Faria: The stronger swordsman does not necessarily win. It is speed! Speed of hand, speed of mind.
    – Submitted by Dennis L (2 years ago)
    1. Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo: I have seventy-two thousand five-hundred and nineteen stones in my walls. I've counted them many times.
    – Submitted by Paul E (2 years ago)
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