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The Three Musketeers (2011)



Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 68

It plays admirably fast and loose with Alexandre Dumas' classic tale, but in every other respect, The Three Musketeers offers nothing to recommend -- or to set it apart from the many other film adaptations.


Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 14

It plays admirably fast and loose with Alexandre Dumas' classic tale, but in every other respect, The Three Musketeers offers nothing to recommend -- or to set it apart from the many other film adaptations.



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The hot-headed young D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) joins forces with three rogue Musketeers (Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson) in this reboot of Alexandre Dumas' story. They must stop the evil Richlieu (Christoph Waltz) and face off with Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) and the treacherous Milady (Milla Jovovich). The action adventure is given a state of the art update in 3-D. -- (C) Summit


Action & Adventure, Romance

Alex Litvak, Andrew Davies

Mar 13, 2012


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All Critics (93) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (68) | DVD (8)

Even the most liberal viewer is likely to echo Milady's thoughts of D'Artagnan: "You are very amiable, no doubt, but you would be charming if you would only depart."

October 24, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Call it the Robert Downey Jr. Meets Sherlock Holmes Effect. A classic popular adventure gets overblown, juiced-up, and generally CGI-ified.

October 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comments (5)
Boston Globe
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In the worst possible case, this could go on and on, but please, let's hope it doesn't.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (2)
New York Times
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Every time you think it can't get any stupider, it gets right up in your face, calls you "bro," and gets stupider.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (5)
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Jovovich tries hard to be terribly, terribly wicked, but her performance finds a hitherto unknown middle ground between Divine in Pink Flamingos and Halle Berry in Catwoman that's just embarrassing.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: The Wrap
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All the borderline pantomime acting and wigged buffoonery is deliberate and silly, but The Three Musketeers remains charmless, a romp brought down by its lead-footed script.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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A befouling of Dumas.

December 30, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The film may have its fun moments but this adaptation does nothing more than make these Three Musketeers look like a bunch of Stooges.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

While you're busy looking at the special effects, you'll begin to notice that there's not really anything in the way of substance like a well-thought-out plot and characters that you care about.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source:

It's fun for a Saturday afternoon viewing, but it will ultimately go down in the annals of movie history as yet another forgettable adaptation.

March 19, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Never has failure looked this good!

March 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

If you want over-the-top entertainment that doesn't respect the laws of physics, you can't do much better than this.

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

You might mistake the sound of swashbuckling for what it really is: Alexandre Dumas spinning in his grave. Much closer to 'Pirates of the Caribbean' lite than it is to 'The Three Musketeers,' this makes a mess of the classic Dumas tale.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Comment (1)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Ugh. Nothing makes sense, it's not funny and the 3D is worthless.

November 14, 2011 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

Anderson has crafted a beautiful and rambunctious film that is in many ways a lot more fun than the last few Disney "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.

November 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Comments (4)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The actors should have remained dry-docked instead of shipping out on this big, bloated Three Muske-mess.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

A frequent choice for transposing fiction into film, The Three Musketeers returns as an action-filled, slight diversion.

November 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

So dumb and goofy and ridiculous that it's actually kind of hard not to like on those terms.

November 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

So hammy and campy that Alexander Dumas would scarcely recognize this latest incarnation of his swashbuckling tale.

October 28, 2011 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Comment (1)
SSG Syndicate

Have we retained nothing of the lessons of Hudson Hawk? Like that early Nineties comical disaster, The Three Musketeers hinges on the secret machinations of Leonardo da Vinci.

October 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Gaudy and vulgar ...

October 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Alexandre Dumas isn't merely turning in his grave, he's half way through re-enacting 'Thriller'.

October 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Moviedex

Logan Lerman's adolescent D'Artagnan has a haircut that makes him look like Ally Sheedy, Christoph Waltz imitates a lisping John Malkovich as Cardinal Richelieu, and Milla Jovovitch turns Milady de Winter into an insipid ninja.

October 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Swashbuckler for tweens has tons of action but no heart.

October 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

The same old story but with some new twists, a substantial cast, and some energetic special effects.

October 25, 2011 Full Review Source:

The movie suffers from the malady that all remakes have - if you change it too much it becomes unrecognizable and you upset people like me who want the same thing only modernized, if you keep it the same it becomes unoriginal and a pointless exercise.

October 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine
Eclipse Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Three Musketeers

A terrible excuse for a film. Jumped up on CGI and bad acting, I wonder how this movie ever got made.
October 3, 2012

Super Reviewer

Old tales updated, more times than not don't really work out well. "The Three Musketeers" is one of those movies. Weak acting, and a generic movie make this a bore, and a big mess. It's the old story of the muskateers and D'Aragnan(Logan Lerman) battling Richlieu(Christoph Waltz), Buckingham(Orlando Bloom), and Milady(Milla Jovovich). Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, this movie is all over the place with action, bad dialogue, and flying ships. I will say this movie has one big thing in it's favor, it is beautiful in high definition. If you can watch this on blu-ray or 3D, then you should watch it just to see all the colors pop. If you get a dvd, or if it's on cable, don't waste your time. There are so many better movies to watch, this is just a real waste.
August 27, 2012
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer


There's nothing to distinguish this from other film adaptations of The Three Musketeers, action flicks or even Paul W S Anderson films. As far as his work goes he can do this sort of stuff in his sleep. He began and continued the Resident Evil series and remade Death Race which was alright because it was cheesy, gory, mindless, fast paced fun. This is much less interesting and pretty much repeating that formula. It's essentialy a guy action movie with a bit of innuendo thrown in for good measure. The characters are annoying as opposed to likable contrasting Death Race and an overdose of unnecessary CGI is used in an attempt to make it seem remotely interesting. There is less of a plot than his usual work and although it is often quite amusing and boasts some great set pieces, it's not enough to disguise the fact it's a clumsily made, consumerist popcorn movie that makes unremarkable uses of 3D.
June 24, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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I suppose I should have known better seeing director Paul W.S. Anderson's name attached to the loose adaptation of The Three Musketeers. From the previews, I thought that the film could perhaps settle on an enjoyable level of stupidity, something of a wink while it obliterates all fidelity to Alexander Dumas source material. Well, the movie sure is stupid but it's far from enjoyable. This swashbuckling-on-steroids flick has got 17th century zeppelin-battleships, booby-trapped secret passages, and a confluence of English accents in France, but by far the dumbest part of this incredibly dumb movie is that war (or the "looming apocalypse") rests entirely upon a diamond necklace. A ludicrous amount of the movie's conflict rests on getting the Queen of France her stolen necklace back so that her husband doesn't think she's unfaithful. Instead of two people just having a conversation to clear up a misunderstanding, the movie pushes this marital conflict as the climactic push that will lead to global war. The action sequences are dull and none of the actors seem to be successful at faking enthusiasm. What does it say that Anderson rips off his own Resident Evil series as he concludes Musketeers, setting up a sequel that surely will never exist? This movie is bereft of any whiff of fun even with all its fantastical elements crashing through classic literature. It had a slight chance of being the right kind of stupid, but instead it's just stupid times a thousand. Beware, canonical literature, because as long as Anderson lives none of you are safe.

Nate's Grade: D+
April 30, 2012
Nate Zoebl

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    1. Cardinal Richelieu: The wonderful thing about fighting an imaginary opponent, Captain Rochefort, is that he is always greatly skilled yet easily defeated.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (13 months ago)
    1. Porthos: Do you know who I am?
    2. D'Artagnan: Do you know who I am?
    3. Porthos: No.
    4. D'Artagnan: Then we're even.
    – Submitted by Frances H (16 months ago)
    1. Cardinal Richelieu: An airship.
    2. Louis: How come I don't have one of those!?
    – Submitted by James W (18 months ago)
    1. Constance: Are you always this cocky?
    2. D'Artagnan: Only on Tuesdays. And when beautiful women are involved.
    3. Constance: So... You think I'm beautiful?
    4. D'Artagnan: Actually it's Tuesday.
    – Submitted by Nandu J (2 years ago)
    1. Rochefort: But history isn't written by heroes. It's written by victors.
    – Submitted by Nandu J (2 years ago)
    1. Porthos: We live in a kingdom controlled by fear.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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