The Legend of Zorro - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Legend of Zorro Reviews

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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 7, 2006
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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AV Club
December 10, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 10, 2005
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Matt Singer
Village Voice
November 1, 2005
It's Zorro, the domesticated blade!
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 31, 2005
In every imaginable way, this is a lesser film than the original.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 28, 2005
The Legend of Zorro spirals into a convoluted series of incidents, bordering on the impenetrable until they're finally revealed as nonsensical.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
October 28, 2005
The passionless string of the hoariest clichés is burnished with the phony luster of an I Can't Believe It's Not Butter commercial, and its plot seems to have been amalgamated by a computer program.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
October 28, 2005
Though there's worse entertainment around, there may be more people rabid for the return of Prohibition than for a Zorro sequel seven years after the fact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
October 28, 2005
The CG-effects to replicate crowds and buildings, the fake scenery, the flimsy plot and the cheap dialogue all spell a budget-conscious production.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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October 28, 2005
Zorro is misnamed, since it's less about the legend than what happens when the legend goes home and gets yelled at by his wife.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 28, 2005
The production is suffused by an almost desperate attempt to recapture the mood of its predecessor, but the tone is forced rather than natural, and the resultant production is bloated, contrived, and not very entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 28, 2005
No, the tongues aren't quite as firmly in cheek, the one-liners aren't as crisp, and the action flags more times than it should. But this Zorro does nothing to tarnish the Legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 28, 2005
THERE'LL likely be more Z's in the audience than on the screen during The Legend of Zorro, a belated and belabored sequel to the delightful '98 hit that seems more like a cross between Wild Wild West and Spy Kids.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 28, 2005
More a parody than a sequel, Martin Campbell's The Legend of Zorro reunites the director with the stars of 1998's The Mask of Zorro for two hours of ludicrous action, forced humor and self-conscious romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 28, 2005
In this busy sequel to 1998's The Mask of Zorro, Antonio Banderas looks a little older, Catherine Zeta-Jones snares a bigger role, and the powerful charms of both are weighed down by an absurdly plot-heavy script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 28, 2005
Campbell's film has moments that capture this sensuality and stealth, but it's noisier and longer than it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 28, 2005
Now comes the long-deferred The Legend of Zorro, which, to put it bluntly, is a big bloated bore-o.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 28, 2005
It may not be a great film, but it's better than a poke in the eye with a sword.
| Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 28, 2005
it's sad to watch this legend fall off his horse
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 28, 2005
As it turns out, Legend of Zorro is a spirited, though fairly generic, action movie about a guy who habitually abandons his gorgeous wife, puts on black clothes and carries a whip.
| Original Score: C+
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 28, 2005
A dandy-looking adventure flick that embraces all demographics with only a few missteps could lure the public back to the 'plexes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 28, 2005
Here, even Banderas sounds like he's having a hard time sounding authentic.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 28, 2005
The stars and director are back but the thrill is gone, replaced by a muttonheaded script and slapstick comedy that starts in hectic mode and quickly strips its gears.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 27, 2005
Proudly flourishing the Z that stands for zonked, The Legend of Zero -- er, Zorro - - is dumb like a lox.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 27, 2005
Despite its drawbacks, Zorro is acceptable in a pinch though not without its puzzling elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 27, 2005
The Legend of Zorro is not only a generic actioner, it's a perfect example of a movie with two leads interested only in the number of zeros on their paychecks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 27, 2005
Bigger, faster and more spectacular is usually the rule for sequels. Applied to The Legend of Zorro, that rule translates into busier, sloppier, less coherent and more frantic.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 27, 2005
What happened to the fluidity and snap of the earlier film?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 27, 2005
The Legend of Zorro commits a lot of movie sins, but one is mortal: It turns the magnificent Elena into a nag.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 27, 2005
The Mask of Zorro, is a movie-movie - big, lush and sexy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 27, 2005
The Legend of Zorro is louder, brasher and kitschier than its predecessor. It's closer in spirit to the Sunday-funnies cacophony of the Spy Kids movies, offering some of those movies' goofy pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 27, 2005
The new Zorro is one of the rare films that aim to thrill us while lampooning the adventure genre, and hit both bull's-eyes simultaneously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
October 27, 2005
Possibly the least-necessary attempt at franchise building since Another Stakeout.
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Phil Kloer
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 27, 2005
We need more adventure flicks that play like grown-up movies and can still be enjoyed by kids, like this one.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 26, 2005
A couple of fancy fight sequences allow the stars, and their stunt doubles, to demonstrate how dashing they still look with swords in hand.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Brian Lowry
Variety
October 24, 2005
Bigger, louder and considerably less charming than its predecessor.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 21, 2005
What have they done to the Zorro movie series? It's turned into Spy Kids!