There Be Dragons Reviews

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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
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
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-
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
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.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 25, 2011
A jigsaw of intimate relationships and betrayals during wartime with more than a few pieces missing.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
May 5, 2011
There Be Dragons certainly looks lavish, from the battle scenes to the beautiful period costuming, but it's so stilted and humorless that it's almost campy.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 5, 2011
The film's title, "There Be Dragons," is lifted from the way ancient maps warned of dangers to be found within uncharted territory. Joffé should have paid heed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
April 29, 2011
A Spanish Civil War story ill-married to a saint's biopic, Roland Joffé's muddle is sunk by three unfocused narratives, clunky dialogue, and Wes Bentley.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
May 6, 2011
Rarely has a film with so much melodrama been so unengaging.
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
Michelle Orange
Movieline
May 5, 2011
I found myself more moved by the camera's relationship with a desktop than by anything taking place between the players.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
May 2, 2011
The interweaving of the two storylines is fumbling, fragmented and contrived - unless you're a devout Catholic and well-versed in Spanish history. Watching it was like doing penance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 4, 2011
[A] florid, convoluted historical drama from writer-director Roland Joffé...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 6, 2011
Even actor's actor Derek Jacobi, as a Jewish factory owner, is wasted in this international muddle of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 6, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 6, 2011
Joffé is out of depth when it comes to Escrivá's religious experiences. It's clear he wants the film to show how faith works within us, but he does it by resorting to the most hackneyed imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix
May 7, 2011
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