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Christopher Columbus: The Discovery Reviews

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Top Critic
Steve Grant
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's hard to fathom the minds of people who could make this kind of tripe.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 3, 2014
Dry as an outdated textbook, scintillating as the droning of your worst schoolteacher, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery is a colossal disaster.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
May 3, 2014
All right, maybe the world isn't flat. But this listless historical epic sure is.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 2, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This movie takes one of history's great stories and treats it in such a lackluster manner that Columbus' voyage seems as endless to us as it did to his crew.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
May 3, 2014
This is not so much a milestone to mark the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America as a millstone round the neck of nearly everyone connected with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
September 18, 2002
Stagy, unconvincing, and frequently quite amusing.
| Original Score: 2/5
Clint Morris
May 12, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Brian Orndorf
August 20, 2012
The drama never catches fire, cycling through the same beats of uncertainty and blame to a point of screen stasis. The opening driving montage of Manos: The Hands of Fate has more of a filmmaking zip.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 3, 2014
Released in 1,492 theaters on Friday, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery should be gone from most of them faster than you can hoist the mainsails and shiver your timbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 4, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 3, 2014
Most of the picture is so hilariously Hollywooden that nobody could mistake it for real history.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
What it offers is a portrait of the Genoan visionary as sea hunk, and manages to make the portentous moment of discovery, the setting of feet on the sands, about as emotionally thrilling as two-man beach volleyball.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The Discovery comes across more like cut-rate, bargain-basement ABC Movie of the Week than it does as a legitimate take on that squirrelly little explorer of yore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
If this film were less superficial it might warrant some analysis about the way the character of Columbus is portrayed. But it's all so silly.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Expensive, sloppy and, at its most ambitious, a frail reminder of the Warner Brothers swashbucklers that Michael Curtiz used to turn out with Errol Flynn.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 21, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 23, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
Emanuel Levy
July 17, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
As a historical epic or even a gung-ho action romp, this displays little taste or spectacle and feels more interminable than Columbus' original voyage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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