Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz are ill-matched, and the range of heavy accents is distracting.
Strikes too many false notes on the dramatic side to add up to a satisfying emotional experience.
The film's perfectly watchable, but it's never more than that.
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
...Touching and at the same time brutal, brimming with the emotional conflict that surges within its characters.
| Original Score: 5/5
Gorgeous to look at and well-played, it's definitely watchable, yet strangely uninvolving.
| Original Score: 3/5
A lot of talent was squandered on this incoherent grab bag of war-movie moments.
| Original Score: 1/4
A historical drama that simply fails to make convincing human connections.
| Original Score: 2/5
Here's a film with all the right ingredients which somehow manages to taste bland as a hell.
| Original Score: 2/4
The stunning look of this film took my breath away and overcame its shortcomings for me.
Yet another WWII love triangle that suffers from bad acting, but looks great!
...feels as if it has been manufactured in a chop shop of former Oscar winners and nauseating Miramax 'prestige' puff pieces.
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.
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
If there is one word to describe this movie, it would be 'safe.'
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.
Cage's ancestors may have come from the Old Country, but he's no more Italian than Franco-American SpaghettiOs.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
"Captain Corelli's Mandolin" fails to achieve its goals
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4