The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
January 1, 2000
Jovovich is not capable of bringing to the screen such a complicated person.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
The lack of a plausible leading lady is enough to sink what is otherwise an eye-catching, although heavily '90s-style, telling of one of history's most frequently filmed stories.
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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Fails on nearly every count.
Bob Bloom
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
January 1, 2000
Besson manipulates his audience's emotions instead of informing, inspiring, or illuminating its intellect.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Besson seems to have no sense that Joan herself was giving a performance.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Like its almost-demented heroine, The Messenger is unnervingly consumed with energy.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
What an unholy mess.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Both visually spectacular and staggeringly awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 7, 2002
Makes precious little sense.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 1/4
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
January 1, 2000
I know less about Joan of Arc now than I did going into the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
February 14, 2001
Girlfriend was a few fries short of a happy meal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Greg Dean Schmitz
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Beth Armitage
PopMatters
January 1, 2000
Stephanie McGrath
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
January 1, 2000
Ginette Vincendeau
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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Time Out
June 24, 2006

Screen International
January 23, 2009

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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