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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

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17

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 178
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 147

Just ordinary. LXG is a great premise ruined by poor execution.

10

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 37

Just ordinary. LXG is a great premise ruined by poor execution.

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 421,230

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Based on the comic book miniseries by Alan Moore, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen takes place in an alternate universe where the characters of several literary classics exist in reality. As if that weren't enough, they've been assembled together in 1900 by Queen Victoria as a team of evil-fighting heroes. Among them are Allan Quatermain (Sean Connery) from H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines; Mina Harker (Peta Wilson) from Bram Stoker's Dracula; Tom Sawyer (Shane West) from several

Dec 16, 2003

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All Critics (179) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (147) | DVD (31)

A stiff.

April 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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... the effects and sets are marvellously fantastical and there are one or two neat comical allusions to the heroes' literary roots. But where's the excitement, the thrills, the tension, the style?

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Despite Sean Connery and some impressive 19th century gloom, this big-screen translation of Alan Moore's culty comic-book series falls to earth with an incoherent splat.

July 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Even if, per Wilde, all art is quite useless, it need not be quite as useless as this.

July 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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This film is odd, loud, unintentionally funny and quite awful.

July 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This isn't a blend of modern and classic so much as a collision.

July 11, 2003
Washington Post
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Enough deaths here for a more restrictive rating.

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

A guilty pleasure from top to bottom

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Without a strong, juicy villain -- one that we love to hate -- the film lacks an important ingredient.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

This grouping of extraordinary egos brushes against the personality flaws and clashes that initially make the film intriguing, but then the film slips into a special-effects extravaganza with a monstrous, rampaging Mr. Hyde headlining.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Easily one of the worst films I've ever seen.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

So little of real consequence is at stake that you'll have plenty of time to notice how the names on not one but two tombstones are misspelled.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

No matter how troubled the shoot was, the movie was shanghaied from the off, courtesy of Hollywood's dependence on market-defined 'success'.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The problem with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is the filmmakers tried to give everyone a main storyline and ended up diluting everything.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comments (2)
Film Threat

This one isn't for everyone, but it's still good in my book.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

The League is a project that was doomed from the moment the studio threw out Alan Moore comic and decided that they knew better.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

Quelques moments sont légèrement mieux et même intéressants, mais dans l'ensemble, vous allez complètement gaspiller votre argent et votre temps avec ce film.

December 17, 2004

Just don't think too much between the super battles. This is, after all, very comic book.

October 15, 2004 Full Review

Repugnant.

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source: tonymedley.com

[Director] Norrington has spent too much effort trying to include too much of the comic book.

September 20, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

If you stripped this film of its effects, not even the platform would remain. Unplug the computer and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen disappears.

July 6, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)

No, no, no, and, a thousand times, no.

May 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Low IQ Canadian

The movie insulted my intelligence many times.

February 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

League ... isn't a great movie, but it provides more fun that a lot of the other mediocre superhero movies ...

February 8, 2004 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

Audience Reviews for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

A mind-blowing and adrenaline-pumping action-packed adventure with great special effects, great story, great characters and non-stop fun that fuel this sensational film. Sean Connery proves he can still save the day. A great and exceptional cast of talents. An incredibly fun and ultra thrilling movie. An exhilarating and breathtaking thrill-machine from start to finish. You will love it. It`s The Avengers of the 19th century with some of the most mesmerizing heroes, villains and anti-heroes of their time, and coming to our time with awesome force. A tremendously exciting good time that deserves a look or two.
January 15, 2013
allan913

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I really really wanted to like this movie, but somehow it turned out super-boring, kind of confusing , and poorly held together.
September 26, 2011
jarobb3

Super Reviewer

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is easily one of the worst big budget action movies ever made and just an all around terrible movie. It has interesting elements and qualities that make it watchable, but for the most part it's just all bad. The most obvious flaw is the almost inconceivably excessive use of CGI. Not good CGI or even decent for 2003 CGI, but made for tv CGI that plagues the screen. Then you have the terrible writing, direction, acting and an illogical sense of placing fictional characters in the same world together. Very little time was put into making this even slightly fun or admirable. Whoever was behind the camera had no idea what they were doing. The cinematography is almost laughable and it's surrounded with bad lighting. I feel like i'm only scratching the surface of why this movie is bad, but I think it's basically common knowledge that this sucks. I think the only part I whole-heartedly like is the Jekyll and Hyde aspect; for some reason it just really works and Jason Flemyng is great. I was sadly one of the many who was tricked into watching this movie back when it was released and upon multiple viewings it just becomes more and more obvious how much I don't like this and think it's everything an action movie shouldn't be.
August 2, 2011
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

Not as great as the trailer shows. It's kinda cheesy.
February 4, 2011
Raajay

Super Reviewer

    1. Dorian Gray: I was hoping I'd get to nail you one more time.
    – Submitted by SiriuslyBlack H (19 months ago)
    1. M: You could stay, you know. Share my dream.
    2. Dorian Gray: I've lived long enough to see the future become history, Professor. Empires crumble. There are no exceptions.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (19 months ago)
    1. Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde: Let's not make a saint out of a sinner. Next time he may not be so helpful.
    – Submitted by Geoff T (22 months ago)
    1. Sanderson Reed: Where is your sense of patriotism?
    2. Allan Quatermain: [stands up with a drink] God save the Queen. [the other patrons of the club mutter an apathetic return to the toast]
    3. Nigel: God save her.
    4. Allan Quatermain: [to Reed] That's about as patriotic as it gets around here.
    – Submitted by Geoff T (22 months ago)
    1. Allan Quatermain: If you can't do it with one bullet, don't do it at all.
    – Submitted by Geoff T (22 months ago)
    1. Allan Quatermain: Jekyll, come on! We'll need Hyde!
    2. Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde: No! Hyde will never use me again.
    3. Dorian Gray: Then what good are you?
    – Submitted by Geoff T (22 months ago)
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