• PG-13, 2 hr.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Roland Joffé
    In Theaters:
    May 6, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jan 10, 2012
  • Samuel Goldwyn Films


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There Be Dragons Reviews

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

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 Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: B

May 8, 2011
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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 Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 5, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Bernardo Bertolucci and David Lean used to make movies like this. More, please.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 5, 2011
Peter Debruge
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 25, 2011
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Unsatisfying, lacking the epic feel it was aiming for, and paid-for image-burnishing for the controversial founder of Opus Dei.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 15, 2013
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Yes, the film looks beautiful. But unfortunately is stumbles over itself too often to fully realize greatness.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 6, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 1/5

August 12, 2011
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Despite its high-mindedness, an almost complete misfire...a lopsided film as well as a turgid, boring one.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C-

June 8, 2011
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

...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 Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C-

May 13, 2011
Grae Drake

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 Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 1/5

May 13, 2011
Dave White

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 1/5

May 13, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

May 7, 2011
Alonso Duralde

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 Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 1/5

May 6, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Few films about the Spanish Civil War have been any good -- Pan's Labyrinth being the big exception.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

May 6, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Ponderous, inflated, overstated Spanish Civil War potboiler displays all of director Roland Joffé's worst tendencies to full disadvantage.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

May 6, 2011
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

There's an interesting story here, but Joffe never firmly wraps his arms around it.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 6, 2011
Frederica Mathewes-Green
Christianity Today

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 Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 6, 2011
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

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 Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2/4

May 6, 2011
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Rarely has a film with so much melodrama been so unengaging.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

May 6, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Even with its modern ambiguity, "There Be Dragons" feels stodgy.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

May 6, 2011
Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix
May 7, 2011
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