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The Four Feathers (2002)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 150
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 88

Though beautiful to look at, The Four Feathers lacks epic excitement and suffers from an ambivalent viewpoint.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 22

Though beautiful to look at, The Four Feathers lacks epic excitement and suffers from an ambivalent viewpoint.



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The story, set in 1898, follows a British officer who resigns his post when he learns of his regiment's plans to ship out to the Sudan for the conflict with the Mahdi. His friends and fiancee send him four white feathers, which symbolize cowardice. To redeem his honor he disguises himself as an Arab and secretly saves the lives of those who branded him a coward.


Drama, Action & Adventure

Hossein Amini, Michael Schiffer

Feb 18, 2003


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All Critics (163) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (88) | DVD (23)

Kapur weighs down the tale with bogus profundities.

September 26, 2002
Rolling Stone
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Ledger does a great job in the action sequences and the more tender scenes.

September 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's a pretty compelling yarn, not to mention full of pretty pictures, and yet it could be so much more than that.

September 20, 2002
Washington Post
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A movie that lacks the jingoistic bravura of earlier editions ... but hasn't replaced it with meaningful historical revisionism appropriate to our post-colonial age.

September 20, 2002
Washington Post
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What's missing, crucially, is the passion required to make this unlikely tale work.

September 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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It's beautifully done, but there's not much of a point to it.

September 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A decent film with some intense battle violence.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The Sahara desert, gorgeously photographed by Robert Richardson, displays the most personality in the entire picture.

December 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

It's cold, misguided, confusing, illiterate, boring, badly acted and flat-out laughable.

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comments (3)
Combustible Celluloid

Michael Schiffe and Hossein Amini's screenplay adaptation (is) as full of holes as the tracks of a camel herd. [published 9-19-02]

February 18, 2006 Full Review
Kansas City Kansan

Ultimately, The Four Feathers is nothing more than a handsomely mounted escapist action flick.

June 26, 2003 Full Review

This unique tale of heroic redemption, sacrifice and unlikely comrades-in-arms is fascinating.

June 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Caso você sinta necessidade de sair da sala antes do término da projeção, não se preocupe: ninguém lhe enviará penas simbolizando covardia.

June 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Comment (1)
Cinema em Cena

In the end, it's all just lost in the dust.

June 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

...An epic treatment of an anemic story.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Director of photography Robert Richardson ... captures the images vividly and draws viewers further into the film's dramatic desert battle scenes.

December 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinephiles

A 100-year-old adventure classic returns to the big screen in a pretty, progressive and slightly poky adaptation.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Black Hawk Down by way of English imperialism, The Four Feathers delivers a compelling, if unsatisfactory, statement about the heroism of soldiering without condemning the diplomacy behind it.

October 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Ace Weekly (Lexington, KY) | Comment (1)

In this epic sweep from dusty, bloodied dunes to dainty British drawing rooms, little light is shed on wars, and what can be done about them.

October 28, 2002 Full Review
Long Island Press

Because of the battle scenes, this film will likely appeal primarily to men, though anyone whose primary interest is cinematography should also see it.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

For all its technical qualities, its unfocused plot about a soldier's quest to redeem his honor never achieves any sense of emotional continuity.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Unfortunately, Kapur modernizes A.E.W. Mason's story to suit the sensibilities of a young American, a decision that plucks "The Four Feathers" bare.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Wes Bentley has grown a little fuzz over his lip and has quasi-mastered the British accent, but I was just waiting for a plastic bag to start floating around so he could stop everything he was doing for, like, 15 minutes, and just stare at it. In the he

October 13, 2002
Matt's Movie Reviews

An exhilarating and exciting motion picture.

October 13, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Looks like an epic, is structured like an epic, but just doesn't feel like an epic.

October 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Had they played some "Jock Rock" music while training, maybe Heath Ledger would have been in more a mood to joust.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

Audience Reviews for The Four Feathers

Don't care what anyone else says. This is my second-favorite Heath Ledger film (second only to Brokeback Mountain). And Wes Bentley -- for all his personal problems -- is FRICKIN' HAWT in this film. (Wes -- hit me up on Flixster if you wanna date, m'kay?) Costumes and location magic? Holla!
April 4, 2013

Super Reviewer

Barring the lame and predictable love story, this movie was pretty great. Unique plot, as well as the always super badass Djimon Hounsou. In this one he plays a desert comando covered in white powder with neato hair and decor. In fact, I wish he had been the main focus. But alas, Heath Ledger was ok as well, as was Wes Bentley (once he had his cool scar makeup anyways). And Michael Sheen has yet to be in a bad role.
September 11, 2010
Curtis Lilly

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I've actually always found this to be a good movie. Even though it is constantly bashed by critics, I think it's a beautiful story. It's not perfect, but it's not bad by any means. The acting was good and the scope of the film was as broad as an epic.
January 10, 2010

Super Reviewer

I tried so hard to keep awake on this Movie. What a shame great casting but very poor film.
December 15, 2009
Wahida K

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