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The Musketeer (2001)



Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 99
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 88

Hong Kong inspired action sequences take center stage in this latest Three Musketeers adaptation. Unfortunately, the oversimplification of the story and an uncharismatic lead character leave the movie flat.


Average Rating: 3.1/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 27

Hong Kong inspired action sequences take center stage in this latest Three Musketeers adaptation. Unfortunately, the oversimplification of the story and an uncharismatic lead character leave the movie flat.



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Director Peter Hyams brings the modern choreography talents of famed Hong Kong fight sequence designer Xin Xin Xiong to this action adventure that departs widely from its classic novel source material, focusing exclusively on the D'Artagnan character and either excising other characters completely or relegating them to minor supporting roles. Justin Chambers stars as D'Artagnan, a country-bred lad whose skill with a sword has led to aspirations of becoming a Musketeer, one of the French king's


Drama, Action & Adventure

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Feb 26, 2002


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All Critics (111) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (88) | DVD (20)

For the third time in less than a decade, Alexandre Dumas is turning over in his grave.

September 26, 2001 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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A stale Euro-pudding.

September 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The results are mind-numbingly moronic.

September 10, 2001 Full Review Source:
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Handsome but ho-hum action flick.

September 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
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The images are pretty, and Gene Quintano's screenplay gets everybody from point A to point B, though with no discernible knack for wit or subtlety.

September 7, 2001
Boston Globe
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If you're going to do it, you've got to go all the way, and not stint on the action, the acting or the production values.

September 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Save your dough for this one...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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Errol Flynn can rest easy in his grave.

February 13, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Hyams is hoping that the newfangled wall-climbing swordplay will compensate for the inexperience of the young and relatively unknown cast members populating most of the central roles. It doesn't.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

The Musketeer is an ambitious failure.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The swordplay, which is what makes the older Musketeer-type movies fun, is mostly fast and blurry here, and actually not entertaining.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Alexandre Dumas would be rolling around in his grave if this movie were lively enough to wake him up.

June 25, 2002

Did I mention there are fight sequences? They are by far the best part of this movie, but even they disappoint.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Without a doubt the worst adaptation of the popular Alexandre Dumas musketeer story that has ever been made.

February 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

"The Musketeer" is an unfortunate attempt to graft the lyrical artistry of a "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" onto an old-fashioned swashbuckler with disappointing results.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source:

Dumas dumbed down for the MTV set.

December 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The most realistic action scenes caught on film since...The Care Bears Movie.

November 20, 2001 Full Review Source:

A surprisingly decent bit of fun to close out summer's dog days.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

One great action sequence, too much bad dialogue

October 18, 2001 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

If there is a wrong angle to shoot from or an ill-advised edit to make, Hyams goes for it.

October 9, 2001 Full Review Source:

The most exciting moment for me happened when the guy three seats down from me seemed about to wake up from his obvious slumber.

September 26, 2001
Matt's Movie Reviews

Justin a thoroughly vapid lead, lacking the flair, charm, or acting ability to cut a suitably heroic figure.

September 20, 2001 Full Review Source:

"The Musketeer" is a modest mess of a film. It's not horrendously bad, but it's not extremely good.

September 18, 2001
Cinema Sight

A case of misplaced priorities -- lavish production values and elaborate action sequences at the expense of script and performance.

September 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Neither thrilling nor unbearable.

September 13, 2001
New Times

Audience Reviews for The Musketeer

I love anachronism! If you've ever watched The Man In The Iron Mask and found yourself wishing there were more gravity-defying, Matrixy fight sequences, then this is the movie for you. The story is as engaging as any of the other musketeer movies, the villains just as slimy, the stakes just as high and the characters just as heroically iconic. Here, though, the action is a bit bigger and I found the sequences, while somewhat incongruous, even more exhilarating.
January 18, 2012

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October 6, 2010

Super Reviewer

Silly muddled version of the classic tale. Poorly acted by everyone but Tim Roth and Catherine Deneuve and she is given very little to do. Ponderous direction and murky lighting help not at all. Try one of the many other versions of the story. Even the Keifer Sutherland/Charlie Sheen version, while not terribly faithful to the book, was much better than this. At least they seemed to be having fun in that one.
May 11, 2010
jay nixon

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At first The Musketeer may sound interesting to you, a retelling of the classic tale with a martial arts influence incorporated into the sword fights. Then you think about it for a second...and suddenly sounds shit. I have no problem with not using the correct accent in a film, but here France is a mix of French, American and English accents. This becomes very distracting and confusing when you can't work out if a character is meant to be English, or f they are French with an English accent. Even Arthur Fowler from Eastenders shows up. Justin Chambers has all the charisma and heartthrob appeal of a child murderer. Everybody else tries to keep things together but when even Tim Roth fails as a bad guy, then what hope is there? Roth may as well have had "EVIL BASTARD" stamped on his forehead. He begs and pleads to kill people because showing him kill a family in the beginning just wasn't enough. It's overkill and a mostly forgotten blemish on his career. The only interesting parts are the fighting scenes, which, had they been in a Hong Kong setting, may have worked.
August 7, 2009

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