• R, 2 hr. 7 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    John Madden
    In Theaters:
    Aug 17, 2001 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 5, 2002
  • Universal Pictures

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Captain Corelli's Mandolin Reviews

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Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz are ill-matched, and the range of heavy accents is distracting.

Full Review Source: Film4

September 19, 2008
Derek Elley
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Strikes too many false notes on the dramatic side to add up to a satisfying emotional experience.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 7, 2008
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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The film's perfectly watchable, but it's never more than that.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly

A romance as spectacular as this novel is, it still has a difficult job making the leap to the screen.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

...Touching and at the same time brutal, brimming with the emotional conflict that surges within its characters.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 5/5

February 8, 2003
Matthew Turner

Gorgeous to look at and well-played, it's definitely watchable, yet strangely uninvolving.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

A lot of talent was squandered on this incoherent grab bag of war-movie moments.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 1/4

October 15, 2002
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

A historical drama that simply fails to make convincing human connections.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

October 10, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

Here's a film with all the right ingredients which somehow manages to taste bland as a hell.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 2/4

September 10, 2002
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The stunning look of this film took my breath away and overcame its shortcomings for me.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

August 2, 2002
Paul Salfen

Yet another WWII love triangle that suffers from bad acting, but looks great!

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July 9, 2002
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

...feels as if it has been manufactured in a chop shop of former Oscar winners and nauseating Miramax 'prestige' puff pieces.

June 21, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

The Greek tourism board couldn't have turned out a more persuasive commercial. Buying the various twists and turns of Shawn Slovo's screenplay, however, is more difficult.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 9, 2002
Luis Martinez

La novela, disponible en cualquier librería, es una gran realización; desgraciadamente al llevarla a los 24 cuadros por segundo, perdió mucha de su fuerza.

| Original Score: 7/10

June 8, 2002
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

If there is one word to describe this movie, it would be 'safe.'

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2/4

February 26, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The movie duplicates exactly my experience with the book, although I must say I was thankful to be spared serial outbreaks of hearty Greek dancing.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

January 22, 2002
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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Cage's ancestors may have come from the Old Country, but he's no more Italian than Franco-American SpaghettiOs.

| Original Score: 1/5

January 6, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Obviously, the novel's sprawling, multi-strand structure has been streamlined here, but Madden and screenwriter Slovo have included so much subtext that it's still a remarkably complex film.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 10, 2001
Ted Murphy

"Captain Corelli's Mandolin" fails to achieve its goals

Full Review Source: Baseline.Hollywood.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 4, 2001
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Not as good as it might have been but better than the negative press it has received, which has unfairly doomed it to severe losses at the box office.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/4

November 27, 2001
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