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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
What it offers is a portrait of the Genoan visionary as sea hunk, and manages to make the portentous moment of discovery, the setting of feet on the sands, about as emotionally thrilling as two-man beach volleyball.
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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