Jovovich brings an intensity to the role well-matched to Besson's stylistic energy, though this comic-bookish take on Jeanne D'Arc won't be winning any historical-society awards. [Blu-ray]
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Impressive to look at, but in the end, it just doesn't ring true.
| Original Score: 68/100
Makes precious little sense.
| Original Score: short
This unusual French interpretation of Joan of Arc sees her as a radical zealot like John Brown.
Girlfriend was a few fries short of a happy meal.
| Original Score: 1/5
I know less about Joan of Arc now than I did going into the film.
| Original Score: 2/5
In Luc Besson's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, little is compelling, explained or even interesting.
The ludicrous casting of Hoffman is just the fatal bit of kindling on this Joan's fire.
Milla Jovovich, who plays Joan, is a young woman who has been unmemorable in several pictures.
It's bad history and bad filmmaking.
It's hard to recommend it to people who like action and blood because of all the talking; and, because of all the blood, it's hard to recommend it to those who might be interested in the talk.
The English are uniformly and broadly portrayed as villainous louts, and today's four-letter oaths sound laughably anachronistic.
What an unholy mess.
Jovovich is not capable of bringing to the screen such a complicated person.
Nothing less than a miracle saved France, The Messenger tells us, and nothing less than a miracle would be needed to rescue this film from itself.
The Messenger is a mess, and probably an unholy one at that.
Both visually spectacular and staggeringly awful.
| Original Score: 1/4
Among the laughably bad lines is one uttered by The Conscience. 'When does the pain end and the pleasure begin?' he asks Joan. For The Messenger's audience, it is as soon as the ending credits begin to roll.
| Original Score: 1.5/4