There Be Dragons (2011)
Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 34
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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 16
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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Tells the story of London-based investigative journalist Robert Torres (Dougray Scott), who visits Spain to research a book about Josemaría Escrivá (Cox), the controversial founder of Opus Dei. But Robert hits a wall, both professionally and personally, when his most promising source-his own father, Manolo Torres (Bentley), turns out to be his least cooperative one. Robert begins to unearth his father's toxic secrets when he learns that Manolo was not only born in the same Spanish town as
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Few films about the Spanish Civil War have been any good -- Pan's Labyrinth being the big exception.
Clunk, clunk, squish. That is the sound of the dead language in Roland Joffé's screenplay for "There Be Dragons" as it tramples his would-be epic of the Spanish Civil War into an indigestible pulp.
I like grandeur and richly nuanced storytelling. I also like lobster bisque. But I don't want to drink a gallon of it in a single sitting.
Even actor's actor Derek Jacobi, as a Jewish factory owner, is wasted in this international muddle of a movie.
Unsatisfying, lacking the epic feel it was aiming for, and paid-for image-burnishing for the controversial founder of Opus Dei.
Yes, the film looks beautiful. But unfortunately is stumbles over itself too often to fully realize greatness.
Despite its high-mindedness, an almost complete misfire...a lopsided film as well as a turgid, boring one.
I was looking forward to seeing Wes Bentley on-screen again..Alas, he apparently spent the last decade at the Acting with Your Eyebrows Drama School.
A visually stunning, undeniably intriguing saga about a controversial Catholic saint. Overly earnest at times...but this is still one of the more genuinely spiritual contemporary films to hit the big screen.
Putting aside the many aesthetic problems with this overwrought, over-narrated, and overacted movie, the politics of There Be Dragons make very little sense.
Ponderous, inflated, overstated Spanish Civil War potboiler displays all of director Roland Joffé's worst tendencies to full disadvantage.
There's an interesting story here, but Joffe never firmly wraps his arms around it.
A movie doesn't need CGI dragons to be exciting. But it does need real characters and conflict -- it needs to be a real story. Here, that story always is just beyond our grasp.
It offers good production values, name performers and insights into the chaos of civil war. But it's too stiff, too cautious, too calculating to feel genuine.
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