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The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

The Count of Monte Cristo


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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 20
Rotten: 10

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


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 208,108


Movie Info

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 … More

PG-13 (for adventure violence/swordplay and some sensuality)
Drama , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Jay Wolpert
In Theaters:
Sep 10, 2002
Box Office:
Touchstone Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Count of Monte Cristo

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

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

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A big, vacuous, sometimes exciting glamour-puss of a movie.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Old-form moviemaking at its best.

February 3, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 30, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A rousingly old-fashioned swashbuckler with an abundance of vigorous action and nary a trace of wink-wink irony.

Full Review… | January 25, 2002
Top Critic

A thoroughly enjoyable movie for older kids.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

This is visually stunning and a masterpiece.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
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.

Full Review… | December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

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

Full Review… | January 7, 2004
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.

Full Review… | June 8, 2003
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.

Full Review… | April 29, 2003

Dumas Lite: Less filling, still tastes pretty good

Full Review… | March 19, 2003

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.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
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
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.

Full Review… | December 29, 2002

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

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
Cincinnati Enquirer

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

Full Review… | September 15, 2002
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.

Full Review… | August 29, 2002

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

Full Review… | August 12, 2002
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.

Full Review… | June 13, 2002
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | June 11, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Count of Monte Cristo


Dumas' classic adventure tale of revenge gets reheated yet again and still it's good. It literally never gets old. What's best about this version is the feeling of easy camaraderie developed by the two leads (Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce) early on that lays the groundwork for the later betrayal, it gives the accompanying proceedings more weight. While perhaps not as rousing as one expects still a decent addition to the large family of Monte Cristo adaptations.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


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

Eugene Bernabe
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.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

The Count of Monte Cristo Quotes

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 (3 months ago)
Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo:
Kings to you Fernand!
– Submitted by Burak C (3 months ago)
Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo:
You were right priest, you were right...
– Submitted by Burak C (3 months ago)
What happened to your mercy?
Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo:
I'm a count, not a saint.
– Submitted by Dennis L (3 years ago)
Abbe Faria:
The stronger swordsman does not necessarily win. It is speed! Speed of hand, speed of mind.
– Submitted by Dennis L (3 years ago)
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 (3 years ago)

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