• PG, 2 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Frank Darabont
    In Theaters:
    Dec 21, 2001 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 18, 2002
  • Universal Pictures


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The Majestic Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Two hours of tedium followed by an additional 30 minutes of preaching.

December 20, 2001
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

the cinematic equivalent of the sanctimonious bore determined to announce his bullying virtue to the world ...

Full Review | Original Score: D

October 30, 2002
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 30, 2005
Larry Carroll

Built on a weak script that exploits nostalgia in an attempt to make you overlook an absurd plot...

Full Review Source: Countingdown.com | Original Score: C

April 16, 2002
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

With its fake burnished sunsets and wobbly high school band playing the national anthem, The Majestic wavers uncomfortably between blissfully old-fashioned and just plain maudlin.

December 21, 2001
James Rocchi

Smug, simpering and warmed over, The Majestic is a horrible film with delusions of grandeur.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 1/5

November 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg

It manages to go from cornball Capra wanna-be to overbaked courtroom grandstand without missing a beat, to say nothing of the ever-present 'insert emotion here' musical score.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/10

December 21, 2001
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A celluloid fantasy that breathes no life it doesn't borrow from other movies.

December 16, 2001
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

So obviously modeled on Capra's films that it begs to be measured against them, and it's not as good.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

December 20, 2001
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Original Score: 1.5/5

June 13, 2002
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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It can't fake sincerity. It tries ever so hard, but it doesn't have a single believable second.

| Original Score: 0.5/5

December 21, 2001
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

It espouses simplistic solutions, phony platitudes, and dripping schmaltz in the place of genuine humanity, making a lie out of all the emotions it wants so badly to champion.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: D

December 31, 2001
Brian Orndorf

| Original Score: 2/10

January 9, 2002
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Acting is good by the talented cast ... but the sentimentality is cheap and unworkable.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

December 17, 2001
Mark R. Leeper

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10

December 25, 2001
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Mr. Carrey may go to both Washington and a version of Bedford Falls in The Majestic, but he is neither the Jefferson Smith nor George Bailey of Stewart's best-loved films.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

December 21, 2001
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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A pale imitation [of Capra's films] that challenges credulity and tries too hard to win our hearts with schmaltz.

Full Review Source: USA Today

December 20, 2001
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

I think audiences will respond to what seems like the film's 'open heart,' but there's a naggingly insincere and overtly manipulative quality here that leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee

December 21, 2001
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Director Frank Darabont ... tries to recapture the sentimental, patriotic films of Frank Capra proving once and for all that you can't go home again.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

December 16, 2001
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World

Sadly, because credibility takes a back seat to sentimentality, "The Majestic" comes up quite shy of its title.

Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World | Original Score: 2/4

December 20, 2001
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
December 22, 2001
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
June 10, 2002
Todd McCarthy
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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 12, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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August 9, 2002
Sarah Dunant
This is London
December 15, 2003
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 6, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
Cynthia Fuchs
December 21, 2001
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
January 1, 2002
Jason Anderson
January 6, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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January 22, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 21, 2001

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June 1, 2002

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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June 21, 2002
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