Christopher Columbus: The Discovery Reviews

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
May 3, 2014
It's not politically correct. It's also not cinematically correct, humanly correct or historically correct.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 3, 2014
Released in 1,492 theaters on Friday, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery should be gone from most of them faster than you can hoist the mainsails and shiver your timbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 3, 2014
Cast in the title role is George Corraface, whose credits include Not Without My Daughter and Impromptu. Does he overact? Let's just say that I think I heard him frown.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
May 3, 2014
The film benefits greatly from the use of three totally authentic ship replicas, but the real thing -- as presented in the PBS series about Columbus -- is still much more inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 3, 2014
George Corraface would look more comfortable in a Calvin Klein underwear ad than at the helm of a ship.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 3, 2014
Dry as an outdated textbook, scintillating as the droning of your worst schoolteacher, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery is a colossal disaster.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 3, 2014
This daft biographical epic reveals that the Europeans came West in search of many things: a new trade route to India and China; new souls to be converted to Christianity; new sources of gold; and new girlfriends with larger breasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 3, 2014
Most of the picture is so hilariously Hollywooden that nobody could mistake it for real history.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
May 3, 2014
All right, maybe the world isn't flat. But this listless historical epic sure is.
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
May 3, 2014
This is not so much a milestone to mark the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America as a millstone round the neck of nearly everyone connected with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Film4
May 3, 2014
Seeming to last somewhat longer than Columbus's original journey across the Atlantic, this dull and unintentionally funny turkey is best left to chronic insomniacs.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
August 20, 2012
The drama never catches fire, cycling through the same beats of uncertainty and blame to a point of screen stasis. The opening driving montage of Manos: The Hands of Fate has more of a filmmaking zip.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Christopher Columbus: The Discovery lacks even the misplaced energy of a camp folly. It's limp and exhausted -- a bloodless swashbuckler.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
March 26, 2009
John Glen's take on the Genovese explorer adds up to perfectly serviceable commercial entertainment -- there are a few moments where Kirk Douglas or Charlton Heston would have felt right at home.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
As a historical epic or even a gung-ho action romp, this displays little taste or spectacle and feels more interminable than Columbus' original voyage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Steve Grant
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's hard to fathom the minds of people who could make this kind of tripe.
Clint Morris
Moviehole
May 12, 2005
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| Original Score: 1/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Expensive, sloppy and, at its most ambitious, a frail reminder of the Warner Brothers swashbucklers that Michael Curtiz used to turn out with Errol Flynn.
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
September 18, 2002
Stagy, unconvincing, and frequently quite amusing.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This movie takes one of history's great stories and treats it in such a lackluster manner that Columbus' voyage seems as endless to us as it did to his crew.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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