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The Legend of Suriyothai (2003)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 12

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A fabled moment in the history of Thailand sets the stage for this lavishly mounted historical epic. In 1528, Thailand's leadership is in chaos, as the Northern and Southern factions of the nation declare their own kings; in the midst of this confusion, young Suriyothai (M.L. Piyapas Bhirombhhakdi) is forced to marry Prince Tien (Sarunyoo Wongkrachang) and leave behind her true love, Piren (Chatchai Plengpanich). In time, Prince Tien becomes the nation's sole ruler, but King Tabinshweti

Nov 25, 2003


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All Critics (65) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (29) | DVD (5)

It is overlong, overproduced, overscaled and crammed with too many plots, subplots and digressions.

October 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Without knowing what has been lost in the process, it would be hard to imagine the original film was any less repetitive or more dramatically engaging than what remains.

October 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Compelling enough that one wishes to be able to see the entire eight hours, with all the missing context filled back in. As it is, this short version seems even longer than eight hours.

August 21, 2003
Arizona Republic
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Visually ravishing and full of double-crosses and nefarious plots worthy of Shakespeare.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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A film that is stunning to watch.

July 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Heavy on pageant and incident but light on character and motivation.

July 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Someone does shout, "Get the men and arm the elephants!" Sadly, this alone doesn't make you think of Cecil B. DeMille as the press notes would like you to. "Hercules and the Captive Women" comes more to mind.

February 9, 2014 Full Review Source: indieWIRE

LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI looks very much like the "larger than life" film epics of 1950s and 1960s

July 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

American audiences expect crouching tigers and hidden dragons in their Asian fare, so plodding elephants may be a little anti-climactic. This one is for the history buffs.

May 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

With excellent acting, amazing sets and production standards as high as any I've seen, the movie has only one real problem: Once you're lost in the jungle, it's a very long way out.

October 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

What pieces of the story you do manage to figure out don't carry any emotional weight.

October 9, 2003 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The film tells its story in the flattest manner possible, a story that could have been fascinating and enthralling.

September 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Enjoy the gorgeous and gaudy splendor of the sets, the locations and the spare-no-expense battle scenes featuring 3,500 extras and 160 elephants.

September 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

[S]tolid and solemn [and] surprisingly dull...

September 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

always it is striving to be something special and substantial.

September 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

demonstrates Shakespearean themes of unrequited and true love, lust for power, and betrayal

August 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

'Get the men and arm the elephants!' As that line indicates, 'Suriyothai' is at least unlike any other movie now in theaters...

August 26, 2003
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A project that is only intermittently involving.

August 5, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

The bottom line is often leaden and redundant: There is quite simply too much to sort through.

July 31, 2003
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A delightful experience for Westerners to watch.

July 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Unabashedly sentimental and unambiguous, hailing the titular princess as a saintly hero at every opportunity, and painting good and evil characters without shades of gray.

July 24, 2003
Film Blather

Fun to watch for a variety of reasons.

July 21, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for The Legend of Suriyothai

Great historical drama from Thailand, the America version was edited and presented by Francis Ford Coppola.
July 9, 2008

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