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The Celestine Prophecy (2006)

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Average Rating: 2.4/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 22

Adapted from the bestselling self-help tome, The Celestine Prophesy is indifferently directed and acted, and its plotting is virtually tension-free.

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Average Rating: 2.1/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 10

Adapted from the bestselling self-help tome, The Celestine Prophesy is indifferently directed and acted, and its plotting is virtually tension-free.

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The prophecy of a worldwide spiritual awakening gradually begins to come into focus in director Armand Mastroianni and screenwriters James Redfield, Barnet Bain, and Dan Gordon's sweeping adaptation of James Redfield's best-selling novel. John Woodson (Matthew Settle) was a high-school history teacher before the loss of his job left him disillusioned and facing an uncertain future. When John is contacted by ex-girlfriend and journalist Charlene (Robyn Cohen), who is currently in town on a brief

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... tedious and ill-made claptrap it makes staring at your hands seem like four-star entertainment by comparison.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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[The film is] arguably as effective as Ambien at inducing sleep, but possible side effects include uncontrollable laughter.

August 12, 2006
New York Post
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A delectable fusion of New Age babble and luridly bad filmmaking based on the best-selling 1993 book by James Redfield.

August 10, 2006
New York Times
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The movie is flatly acted and extremely ill-paced, lacking any sense of urgency, momentum or fun.

July 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The Celestine Prophecy Movie never transcends either the look or the feel of a cult recruitment film crossed with a Christian-network infomercial.

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Believer and skeptic alike can agree on one thing: It is a transcendentally awful movie.

May 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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James Redfield's best seller hits the big screen with a dull thud.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
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Just about the best thing that can be said for this spiritual potboiler is that it is not much worse than The Da Vinci Code.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

This is just dogma delivered in the blunt tones of an old classroom hygiene film.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

One would think that since the book sold 14 million copies, Hollywood would have bought the film rights waay back then , but they didn't I can now see why.

August 11, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

Armand Mastroianni brings James Redfield's huge bestseller to the screen with all the care it deserves ... which is none.

July 20, 2006

If "The Da Vinci Code" were based on New Age theories similar to those in "What the Bleep Do We Know?" -- and if it were terrible -- the result would be "The Celestine Prophecy Movie."

June 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

So clumsily made on every level -- acting, dialogue, decor, lighting, editing, scoring -- that it would never have found its way into theaters if there weren't the name of a best-seller to slap on it.

June 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

A thrill-less thriller.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Based on the best-selling self-help book, the movie shares the book's chief flaw, which is that it's so awkwardly put together that it's hard to concentrate on the interesting ideas it may contain.

May 25, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Spiritual epiphany is tough to convey onscreen, and near impossible in the hands of wooden actors.

May 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

How's this for a prophecy: This earnest but hokey adaptation of James Redfield's New Age best-seller won't last more than a few weeks in theaters.

May 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

... indifferent direction douses whatever conviction gave the novel its ardent following.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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Audience Reviews for The Celestine Prophecy

I don't know why I expect a film adaptation to do a book that I love justice. It's always the same high expectations, falling short. This however, takes bad transfers from page to screen to a whole new low.
Based on James Redfield's 1993 bestselling novel it tells the story of high-school teacher John Woodson (Matthew Settle), who undertakes a journey to find and understand a series of nine spiritual insights on an ancient manuscript in Peru, taking him on a spiritual awakening as he goes through a transitional period of his life. Meanwhile, the Catholic Church and government try to suppress the ancient psychological and spiritual beliefs he unfolds, putting his and others' lives in danger.
Poor production value, hammy acting and a stifling screenplay. The author James Redfield can't really complain though as he's one of the screenwriters. The book deserved so much more than this. Where it succeeded in capturing your attention and imagination, this succeeds only in putting you to sleep. It's boring and tedious pap and even as a television film it looks cheap. Maybe one day someone will adapt this properly, it's certainly deserving of a better version.
Very little, if anything, to recommend it. Fans of the book will only be seriously disappointed and those who haven't read the book will be lost, and will ruin what is a great read.
Stay well clear of this turkey.
October 18, 2011
MrMarakai

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The Celestine Prophecy has got to be the most boring film ever made. A total waste of time from start to finish. I never read the book, and won't after seeing this trash. But man was this film pointless and lame. I never seen something so crappy. The film has a terrible plot, and worse acting. I here the book is great, but after watching this, I'm not so much interested anymore. I think that the film could have been a good one, but it feels so cheap, and preachy that it's laughable. The cast here are terrible, and theres not really impressive names here. I thought the film was a missed opportunity and maybe, maybe could have been something really good. But instead The Celestine Prophecy is simply a bore fest from start to finish, and you're waiting for something interesting to happen, but it doesn't. The Celestine Prophecy is a waste of Celluloid This film shouldn't have been made and it was a poor execution of a popular book. What The Celestine Prophecy is, is a film that tries to be something spiritual and feel good, but it ends frustratingly painful for the viewer to watch. Finishing watching this film was a chore, and now I can only hope to warn potential viewers that this film simply sucks, and is not worth watching. This is a wasted film that has a stupid, pointless script that doesn't go nowhere. The film fails at being spiritual, and ends up being very cheesy. One of the worst film ever made for sure.
July 22, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Hokie ideas in an advertisement for new age ideas. I am not enlightened or have the insights to see this even as entertaining. I was often distracted by Matthew Settle because at times he looked exactly like Tom Welling. Hector Elizondo must have had rent due an NEEDED money.... I hated seeing him in the trash. But at least Joaquim de Almeida was not tug, hitman or drug kingpin... good to see him play another type role.
September 1, 2010
Tomassgringo

Super Reviewer

The best selling and internationally renowed book written by James Redfield has made a huge impact on followers ? No this film goes nowhere near the excellence of the book (yes, I am a follower) and often comes across corny. The insights themselves tend to blend into eachother a little too much, making them a little difficult at times to seperate if you?re not already familiar with them.

What it does for me however, is allowes me to refresh the insights in a quick fix.

Not recommended unless you have read or have an interest in the book.
October 31, 2009
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