There Be Dragons Reviews

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
May 8, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 5, 2011
As played by Cox, Escriva is earnest, heartfelt and full of tolerance, driven by his message of love and forgiveness for all, regardless of where their politics lie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 5, 2011
Bernardo Bertolucci and David Lean used to make movies like this. More, please.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
March 25, 2011
Dragons may not be perfect, but it plays to the helmer's strengths, demonstrating an increasingly rare sense of scope and pageantry best served by the bigscreen.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 15, 2013
Unsatisfying, lacking the epic feel it was aiming for, and paid-for image-burnishing for the controversial founder of Opus Dei.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
February 6, 2012
Yes, the film looks beautiful. But unfortunately is stumbles over itself too often to fully realize greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 12, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 8, 2011
Despite its high-mindedness, an almost complete misfire...a lopsided film as well as a turgid, boring one.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
May 13, 2011
...whitewashing the origins of the controversial Opus Dei movement, this lesson in unabashed embellishment will fail to excite any but the most starry-eyed Catholic.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Grae Drake
Movies.com
May 13, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Dave White
Movies.com
May 13, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 7, 2011
Joffe, working from his own script, presents the men's lives as evidence of difficult choices, but this pedantic movie is never fully invested in any of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alonso Duralde
Movies.com
May 6, 2011
Putting aside the many aesthetic problems with this overwrought, over-narrated, and overacted movie, the politics of There Be Dragons make very little sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 6, 2011
Few films about the Spanish Civil War have been any good -- Pan's Labyrinth being the big exception.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 6, 2011
Ponderous, inflated, overstated Spanish Civil War potboiler displays all of director Roland Joffé's worst tendencies to full disadvantage.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
May 6, 2011
There's an interesting story here, but Joffe never firmly wraps his arms around it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Frederica Mathewes-Green
Christianity Today
May 6, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 6, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
May 6, 2011
Rarely has a film with so much melodrama been so unengaging.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 6, 2011
Even with its modern ambiguity, "There Be Dragons" feels stodgy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix
May 7, 2011
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