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The Four Feathers Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 15, 2002
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 26, 2002
Kapur weighs down the tale with bogus profundities.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 23, 2002
Ledger does a great job in the action sequences and the more tender scenes.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 23, 2002
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 20, 2002
It's a pretty compelling yarn, not to mention full of pretty pictures, and yet it could be so much more than that.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 20, 2002
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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 20, 2002
What's missing, crucially, is the passion required to make this unlikely tale work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 20, 2002
It's beautifully done, but there's not much of a point to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 20, 2002
A spectacular-looking film, but its ambivalent story and viewpoint ultimately drag it down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 20, 2002
It's an essentially stupid movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 20, 2002
The Four Feathers has rewards, from the exoticism of its seas of sand to the fierce grandeur of its sweeping battle scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
September 20, 2002
There's no denying the physically spectacular qualities of the film ... or the emotional integrity of the performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
September 20, 2002
Weighted down with slow, uninvolving storytelling and flat acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 20, 2002
As moth-eaten as a Bengal tiger rug on the floor of a London men's club.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 20, 2002
A rousing if retro adventure film about soldiers and honor and brotherly love.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 20, 2002
What a featherweight epic this is, the kind of uniformed period piece where the watchword is pretty. Pretty costumes, pretty soldiers, pretty battles; pretty silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 20, 2002
The characters are so feckless, the coincidences so blatant and the movie so innocent of any doubts about the White Man's Burden that Kipling could have written it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 20, 2002
At its best, The Four Feathers recalls the consummate craftsmanship and irony-free storytelling of Hollywood's Golden Age.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 20, 2002
| Original Score: C
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
September 20, 2002
For all of the contemporary post-colonialist consciousness that Kapur tries to bring to The Four Feathers, the oddest thing about the movie is how it winds up affirming the same damn moldy values the material has always held dear.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 20, 2002
The Four Feathers aspires to be a sweeping epic, but it plays more like a very special Dawson's Creek.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
September 19, 2002
The picture's wheezing fussiness and devotion to the British empire and its minor nods to questioning unthinking loyalty to an ideal make The Four Feathers a possible first of a kind: a movie that's halfhearted about ambivalence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2002
Director Shekhar Kapur and screenwriters Michael Schiffer and Hossein Amini have tried hard to modernize and reconceptualize things, but the barriers finally prove to be too great.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
September 19, 2002
Its battle scenes are dynamic, its pageantry spectacular and its characters appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 19, 2002
Every bit as enthralling, exciting and inspiring as Korda's film -- and maybe even better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 19, 2002
Instead of panoramic sweep, Kapur gives us episodic choppiness, undermining the story's emotional thrust.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
September 19, 2002
A fine balance of personal struggles and panoramic vistas.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 19, 2002
The story is singularly unsatisfying, from its truncated opening to the pat revisionist ending.
| Original Score: 3/5
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September 19, 2002
Unfortunately, this epic saga, so grounded in Victorian manners, has not aged well.
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
September 19, 2002
Adrift, Bentley and Hudson stare and sniffle, respectively, as Ledger attempts, in vain, to prove that movie-star intensity can overcome bad hair design.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 19, 2002
The story fails to build and drive forward the way it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 19, 2002
Starts out well, but then it seems to restart, over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
September 19, 2002
Nicely sidesteps the book's musty perspective as it weaves a rousing good action saga that, in stretches, almost matches the scope and grandeur of Zulu and the acclaimed 1939 British Four Feathers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 19, 2002
What The Four Feathers lacks is genuine sweep or feeling or even a character worth caring about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 19, 2002
Director Kapur is a filmmaker with a real flair for epic landscapes and adventure, and this is a better film than his earlier English-language movie, the overpraised Elizabeth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 19, 2002
Just take it for what it is -- action-filled, saber-rattling escapism.
Full Review | Original Score: B