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Captain Corelli's Mandolin Reviews

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John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
...Touching and at the same time brutal, brimming with the emotional conflict that surges within its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
Gorgeous to look at and well-played, it's definitely watchable, yet strangely uninvolving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
The stunning look of this film took my breath away and overcame its shortcomings for me.
Luis Martinez
June 8, 2002
La novela, disponible en cualquier librería, es una gran realización; desgraciadamente al llevarla a los 24 cuadros por segundo, perdió mucha de su fuerza.
| Original Score: 7/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Obviously, the novel's sprawling, multi-strand structure has been streamlined here, but Madden and screenwriter Slovo have included so much subtext that it's still a remarkably complex film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 27, 2001
Not as good as it might have been but better than the negative press it has received, which has unfairly doomed it to severe losses at the box office.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 20, 2001
While the on-screen romantic chemistry between the stars is less than electrifying, the supporting performances are excellent, and production values are sky high.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 24, 2001
As a glossy romance in dangerous times, this has all the classic elements and does a reasonably good job of marshalling people and events to its heart-wrenching finale.
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
August 21, 2001
Cage refrains from pumping up the volume, and actually underplays the character's soulful gusto, making Corelli all the more affecting.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 20, 2001
If only the romantic center of "Corelli" had equaled the exquisite production.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
August 18, 2001
The last half of the movie is undeniably gripping, creating a powerful love story for mature film-lovers.
| Original Score: 78/100
Top Critic
August 17, 2001
Based on an actual Greek tragedy of epic proportions, which inspired a novel by Louis de Bernieres, Captain Corelli's Mandolin has finally been adapted to the big screen, with largely positive results.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
August 17, 2001
The result is far from perfect, but to its many merits, add timing. You never get a movie with this kind of story in mid-August, when studios usually dump youth-audience dogs before the kids go back to school.
Frank Lovece
TV Guide
August 17, 2001
Think of it as the anti-Pearl Harbor. Relying more on story and character than special effects, this moving adaptation of Louis de Berničres novel achieves everything that Michael Bay's empty spectacle could not.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 17, 2001
A lovely tears- and-popcorn movie.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
August 17, 2001
Like a folk ballad plucked on a mandolin, the new Nicolas Cage-Penelope Cruz film is sometimes overly familiar, even a bit maudlin, but still touchingly romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

E! Online
August 17, 2001
The real star is Oscar-winning cinematographer John Toll, who captures the beauty of the islands better than any travel agent could.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 17, 2001
Cruz probably doesn't have more than 40 lines of dialogue in the entire film, but she makes every word, every gesture, every held-back tear matter.
Jackie Potts
August 17, 2001
Beautifully filmed and smartly told, Mandolin delights with unexpected plot twists and polished performances from John Hurt as the curmudgeonly pop and Christian Bale as the jilted fiance.
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
August 17, 2001
The film flirts with greatness, but it settles instead on being something that is very good.
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Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
October 18, 2008
Clark Bender
February 25, 2004

Irish Times
September 7, 2001
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Ebert & Roeper
August 30, 2001
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