Opening

—— The Identical Sep 05
—— The Longest Week Sep 05
67% Thunder and the House of Magic Sep 05
74% God Help the Girl Sep 05
—— The Remaining Sep 05

Top Box Office

92% Guardians of the Galaxy $16.3M
20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $11.8M
39% If I Stay $9.3M
33% As Above/So Below $8.3M
21% Let's Be Cops $8.2M
37% The November Man $7.7M
17% When The Game Stands Tall $5.6M
32% The Giver $5.3M
65% The Hundred-Foot Journey $4.6M
34% The Expendables 3 $3.5M

Coming Soon

—— No Good Deed Sep 12
—— Dolphin Tale 2 Sep 12
—— Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? Sep 12
100% The Skeleton Twins Sep 12
100% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Sep 12

Premieres Tonight

25% Houdini: Season 1

New Episodes Tonight

—— Anger Management: Season 2
71% Dallas: Season 3
—— Mistresses: Season 2
25% Partners: Season 1
67% Teen Wolf: Season 4
62% Under the Dome: Season 2

Discuss Last Night's Shows

—— Breathless: Season One
100% Falling Skies: Season 4
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
78% Ray Donovan: Season 2
46% Reckless: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
—— Unforgettable: Season 2

The Four Feathers Reviews


Time Out
Top Critic IconTop Critic
January 26, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic IconTop Critic
May 19, 2004
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic IconTop Critic
November 15, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Kapur weighs down the tale with bogus profundities.

| Original Score: 2/4

September 26, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Ledger does a great job in the action sequences and the more tender scenes.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

September 23, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic IconTop Critic
September 23, 2002
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
Top Critic IconTop Critic

What's missing, crucially, is the passion required to make this unlikely tale work.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

September 20, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

It's beautifully done, but there's not much of a point to it.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 20, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A spectacular-looking film, but its ambivalent story and viewpoint ultimately drag it down.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 20, 2002
John Anderson
Newsday
Top Critic IconTop Critic

It's an essentially stupid movie.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 20, 2002
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The Four Feathers has rewards, from the exoticism of its seas of sand to the fierce grandeur of its sweeping battle scenes.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B-

September 20, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
Top Critic IconTop Critic

There's no denying the physically spectacular qualities of the film ... or the emotional integrity of the performances.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 2/4

September 20, 2002
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Weighted down with slow, uninvolving storytelling and flat acting.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 20, 2002
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic IconTop Critic

As moth-eaten as a Bengal tiger rug on the floor of a London men's club.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

September 20, 2002
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A rousing if retro adventure film about soldiers and honor and brotherly love.

September 20, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

September 20, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

September 20, 2002
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

At its best, The Four Feathers recalls the consummate craftsmanship and irony-free storytelling of Hollywood's Golden Age.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

September 20, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic IconTop Critic

| Original Score: C

September 20, 2002
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 20, 2002
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The Four Feathers aspires to be a sweeping epic, but it plays more like a very special Dawson's Creek.

September 20, 2002
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

September 19, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 19, 2002
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Its battle scenes are dynamic, its pageantry spectacular and its characters appealing.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

September 19, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Every bit as enthralling, exciting and inspiring as Korda's film -- and maybe even better.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 4/4

September 19, 2002
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Instead of panoramic sweep, Kapur gives us episodic choppiness, undermining the story's emotional thrust.

| Original Score: 2/4

September 19, 2002
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A fine balance of personal struggles and panoramic vistas.

| Original Score: 4/5

September 19, 2002
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The story is singularly unsatisfying, from its truncated opening to the pat revisionist ending.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 19, 2002
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Unfortunately, this epic saga, so grounded in Victorian manners, has not aged well.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

September 19, 2002
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Adrift, Bentley and Hudson stare and sniffle, respectively, as Ledger attempts, in vain, to prove that movie-star intensity can overcome bad hair design.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 19, 2002
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The story fails to build and drive forward the way it should.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 19, 2002
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Starts out well, but then it seems to restart, over and over again.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

September 19, 2002
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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 Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3/4

September 19, 2002
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
Top Critic IconTop Critic

What The Four Feathers lacks is genuine sweep or feeling or even a character worth caring about.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 19, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 19, 2002
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Just take it for what it is -- action-filled, saber-rattling escapism.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

September 19, 2002
Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile