The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

The Count of Monte Cristo



Critic Consensus: 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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for adventure violence/swordplay and some sensuality)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Jay Wolpert
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 10, 2002
Box Office: $54.1M
Touchstone Pictures - Official Site


as Edmond Dantes

as Mondego

as Villefort

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as Villefort

as Napoleon

as Luigi

as Mansion Owner

as Old Dantes

as Casino Prostitute

as Partygoer No.2

as Partygoer No.3

as Partygoer No.1

as Col. Villefort

as Gardener

as Outrider

as Marchand

as Banker

as Nobleman Duellist

as Mondego Servant

as Gendarme

as Lt. Graypool

as Gendarmes Captain
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Critic Reviews for The Count of Monte Cristo

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (30)

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

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)

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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer



Directors Cat
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

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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