The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)



Critic Consensus: Though it may not reach for any new artistic heights, The Count of Monte Cristo is an old-fashioned yet enjoyable swashbuckler.

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The classic tale of swashbuckling adventure by the senior Alexandre Dumas comes to the screen in its umpteenth incarnation, this time from Kevin Reynolds, directing his first feature in five years. James Caviezel stars as Edmond Dantes, an honest sailor who plans to marry his beautiful lover Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk). Edmond doesn't know that his best friend Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce) secretly desires Mercedes for himself and schemes with fallen aristocrat Villefort (James Frain) to frame Edmond for a crime he didn't commit. Sentenced to life on the remote island prison of D'If, Edmond becomes consumed by plans for revenge. Thirteen years pass and he meets a fellow innocent convict, Abbe Faria (Richard Harris), who becomes Edmond's mentor in swordfighting, finance, and escape, confiding that a vast treasure awaits a discoverer on the island of Monte Cristo. Eventually, Edmond is able to get away using Faria's tunnels and makes his way to Monte Cristo, where he retrieves the fortune and uses it to make himself over as the wealthy "Count of Monte Cristo." With the help of a loyal sidekick (Luis Guzman), Edmond insinuates himself into French royalty and sets about getting revenge on Villefort and Fernand, who is now married to Mercedes. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) also stars Michael Wincott and Albie Woodington. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
PG-13 (for adventure violence/swordplay and some sensuality)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Jim Caviezel
as Edmond Dantes
Guy Pearce
as Mondego
James Frain
as Villefort
Luis Guzman
as Jacopo
Henry Cavill
as Mondego
Helen McCrory
as Villefort
Alex Norton
as Napoleon
JB Blanc
as Luigi
Guy Carleton
as Mansion Owner
Barry Cassin
as Old Dantes
Briana Corrigan
as Casino Prostitute
Brendan Costello
as Viscount
Maireid Devlin
as Partygoer No.2
Stella Feeley
as Partygoer No.3
Joe Hanley
as Partygoer No.1
Katherine Holme
as Julianne
Freddie Jones
as Col. Villefort
Joseph Kelly
as Gardener
Ivan Kennedy
as Outrider
Karl O'Neill
as Marchand
Robert Price
as Pascal
Derek Reid
as Banker
Eric Stovell
as Nobleman Duellist
Jude Sweeney
as Mondego Servant
Brian Thunder
as Gendarme
Gregor Truter
as Lt. Graypool
Andrew Woodall
as Gendarmes Captain
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Critic Reviews for The Count of Monte Cristo

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (30)

A preposterous, expansive and self-conscious attempt to resurrect the historical spectacular.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A big, vacuous, sometimes exciting glamour-puss of a movie.

July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

All in all, it's a pretty good execution of a story that's a lot richer than the ones Hollywood action screenwriters usually come up with on their own.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Old-form moviemaking at its best.

February 3, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

There's a thin line between likably old-fashioned and fuddy-duddy, and The Count of Monte Cristo ... never quite settles on either side.

Full Review… | January 30, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A rousingly old-fashioned swashbuckler with an abundance of vigorous action and nary a trace of wink-wink irony.

Full Review… | January 25, 2002
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Count of Monte Cristo


Dumas' classic adventure tale of revenge gets reheated yet again and still it's good. It literally never gets old. What's best about this version is the feeling of easy camaraderie developed by the two leads (Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce) early on that lays the groundwork for the later betrayal, it gives the accompanying proceedings more weight. While perhaps not as rousing as one expects still a decent addition to the large family of Monte Cristo adaptations.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


The 2002 adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' book is remarkable nonetheless. The splendid and grandeur presentation as well as its climatic scenes were entertaining. Although it doesn't heighten and raise the artfulness to new levels, it is still solid enough to win most of its audience. 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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