• R, 2 hr. 28 min.
  • Drama, Classics
  • Directed By:
    Luc Besson
    In Theaters:
    Nov 12, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 30, 2001
  • Columbia Pictures

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The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Reviews

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

September 7, 2011

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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August 30, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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August 7, 2004

Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

April 25, 2003
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 1, 2000
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Both visually spectacular and staggeringly awful.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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I've never left a Luc Besson movie not thinking that the guy has Froot Loops for brains.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
David L. Beck
San Jose Mercury News
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The Messenger is a mess, and probably an unholy one at that.

January 1, 2000
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
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The English are uniformly and broadly portrayed as villainous louts, and today's four-letter oaths sound laughably anachronistic.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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Besson is unable to weave the comic scenes together with the serious gory ones, so both seem increasingly jarring and unbelievable.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

January 1, 2000
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Half-baked.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 1, 2000
Peter Brunette
Film.com
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Fails on nearly every count.

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Like its almost-demented heroine, The Messenger is unnervingly consumed with energy.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

January 1, 2000
Sean Means
Film.com
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While The Messenger feeds our appetite for visual panache, it starves the soul.

January 1, 2000
Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
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Marvelously shot.

January 1, 2000
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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What an unholy mess.

January 1, 2000
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Besson seems to have no sense that Joan herself was giving a performance.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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Milla Jovovich, who plays Joan, is a young woman who has been unmemorable in several pictures.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

January 1, 2000
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