• 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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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
ViewLondon

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
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
Luis Martinez
Cinenganos

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
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
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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

While the on-screen romantic chemistry between the stars is less than electrifying, the supporting performances are excellent, and production values are sky high.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2001
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

As a glossy romance in dangerous times, this has all the classic elements and does a reasonably good job of marshalling people and events to its heart-wrenching finale.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 24, 2001
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner

Cage refrains from pumping up the volume, and actually underplays the character's soulful gusto, making Corelli all the more affecting.

August 21, 2001
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

If only the romantic center of "Corelli" had equaled the exquisite production.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

August 20, 2001
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

The last half of the movie is undeniably gripping, creating a powerful love story for mature film-lovers.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 78/100

August 18, 2001
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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Based on an actual Greek tragedy of epic proportions, which inspired a novel by Louis de Bernieres, Captain Corelli's Mandolin has finally been adapted to the big screen, with largely positive results.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

August 17, 2001
Mike Clark
USA Today
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The result is far from perfect, but to its many merits, add timing. You never get a movie with this kind of story in mid-August, when studios usually dump youth-audience dogs before the kids go back to school.

Full Review Source: USA Today

August 17, 2001
Frank Lovece
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Think of it as the anti-Pearl Harbor. Relying more on story and character than special effects, this moving adaptation of Louis de Berničres novel achieves everything that Michael Bay's empty spectacle could not.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/5

August 17, 2001
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A lovely tears- and-popcorn movie.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

August 17, 2001
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Like a folk ballad plucked on a mandolin, the new Nicolas Cage-Penelope Cruz film is sometimes overly familiar, even a bit maudlin, but still touchingly romantic.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 7/10

August 17, 2001

E! Online

The real star is Oscar-winning cinematographer John Toll, who captures the beauty of the islands better than any travel agent could.

Full Review Source: E! Online

August 17, 2001
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Cruz probably doesn't have more than 40 lines of dialogue in the entire film, but she makes every word, every gesture, every held-back tear matter.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press

August 17, 2001
Jackie Potts
Citysearch

Beautifully filmed and smartly told, Mandolin delights with unexpected plot twists and polished performances from John Hurt as the curmudgeonly pop and Christian Bale as the jilted fiance.

Full Review Source: Citysearch

August 17, 2001
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript

The film flirts with greatness, but it settles instead on being something that is very good.

Full Review

August 17, 2001
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
October 18, 2008
Clark Bender
Zap2it.com
February 25, 2004

Irish Times

September 7, 2001

Ebert & Roeper
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August 30, 2001
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