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Captain Corelli's Mandolin Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Derek Elley
Variety
August 7, 2008
Strikes too many false notes on the dramatic side to add up to a satisfying emotional experience.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The film's perfectly watchable, but it's never more than that.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2002
The movie duplicates exactly my experience with the book, although I must say I was thankful to be spared serial outbreaks of hearty Greek dancing.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 6, 2002
Cage's ancestors may have come from the Old Country, but he's no more Italian than Franco-American SpaghettiOs.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
August 20, 2001
The movie's craft is dead and dutiful. It's an Oscar machine.
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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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 17, 2001
The film's linguistic problems might be overlooked, where it not for the complete lack of believable romance between the pouty Cruz and the frisky Cage.
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August 17, 2001
It's from a wry, teeming novel, but director John Madden (or someone) has left out a lot of connecting material, so Cruz seems to go for Cage only because it says so in the script.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 17, 2001
A lovely tears- and-popcorn movie.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
August 17, 2001
As wartime weepers go, Captain Corelli's Mandolin has a lot of pluck.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 17, 2001
Under any circumstances, Captain Corelli's Mandolin would be a pretty poor excuse for a movie.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 17, 2001
Aspiring to melancholy wisdom and worldly significance, the movie achieves only a coy, frothy simulation of whatever we thought we loved about old-fashioned love stories.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 17, 2001
We began this dismal movie season with one lethally bad World War II romance -- Pearl Harbor -- and now we're wrapping up with another howling dog, Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 17, 2001
The problem is that the novel is about a lot more than this, and the story suffers in the translation.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 17, 2001
A phlegmatic, middlebrow romantic drama so stodgy that even the goats look bored.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
August 17, 2001
The movie is dramatically slack and uninvolving.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 17, 2001
Captain Corelli's Mandolin gets things about half right.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
August 17, 2001
A sprawling saga of the World War II era, Captain Corelli's Mandolin has romance, conflict, violence. What it lacks is economy, subtlety and, above all, irony.
| Original Score: 1/4
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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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 17, 2001
What we get is kind of a condensed version of some of the sights and sounds of the novel, without the heart, the spirit and the juicy detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
August 17, 2001
Captain Corelli's Mandolin doesn't so much strike a lot of sour notes as fail to strike the right ones.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 16, 2001
Syrupy, violin-swollen, World War II-era love story.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 16, 2001
In a season dominated by effects-driven blockbusters, this old-style, lyrical love story should find its audience and then some.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 16, 2001
As the movie methodically plods forward on a screenplay (by Shawn Slovo) consisting entirely of clichés and watered-down exposition, it becomes sadly apparent that its only reliable asset is the gorgeous view.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
August 16, 2001
Good old-fashioned romantic entertainment, just restrained enough to skirt schmaltz.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
August 16, 2001
The wobbly movie version never finds a cinematic equivalent for the book's wry, bittersweet flavor. And, on its own truncated terms, it flounders as a simple romantic movie.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 16, 2001
Even though it doesn't measure up to its superb source, Captain Corelli's Mandolin is still a richer and more worthwhile entertainment than most of this summer's dumbed-down releases.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
August 16, 2001
Insomniacs take heart: The soothing sounds of Captain Corelli's Mandolin are an invitation to snooze away a couple of hours.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
August 16, 2001
Uninvolving mix of fable, anti-war lecture and star-crossed romance.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 16, 2001
Despite the lush cinematography -- an intoxicating blur of blue ocean, gold beaches and green foliage that drips with natural beauty and unnatural production values -- the movie is a dense haze of ouzo, mangled beyond salvation by a ridiculous script.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 16, 2001
Captain Corelli's Mandolin will find favor with nearly everyone who appreciates this kind of motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Entertainment Weekly
August 16, 2001
Pearl Harbor for the English Patient crowd -- a movie that reduces history, as well as eros, to a postcard.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 16, 2001
Very little about Mandolin is not in some way disappointing.
| Original Score: C
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
August 14, 2001
Billows in any direction that Shawn Slovo's gasbag script might blow it.
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Mark Adams
Hollywood Reporter
May 4, 2001
Comes engagingly close to being the assured romantic epic you would want it to be.