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The Four Feathers Reviews

September 26, 2002
Kapur weighs down the tale with bogus profundities.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 23, 2002
Ledger does a great job in the action sequences and the more tender scenes.
September 20, 2002
It's a pretty compelling yarn, not to mention full of pretty pictures, and yet it could be so much more than that.
September 20, 2002
A movie that lacks the jingoistic bravura of earlier editions ... but hasn't replaced it with meaningful historical revisionism appropriate to our post-colonial age.
September 20, 2002
What's missing, crucially, is the passion required to make this unlikely tale work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 20, 2002
It's beautifully done, but there's not much of a point to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 20, 2002
A spectacular-looking film, but its ambivalent story and viewpoint ultimately drag it down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 20, 2002
It's an essentially stupid movie.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 20, 2002
The Four Feathers has rewards, from the exoticism of its seas of sand to the fierce grandeur of its sweeping battle scenes.
Read More | Original Score: B-
September 20, 2002
There's no denying the physically spectacular qualities of the film ... or the emotional integrity of the performances.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 20, 2002
Weighted down with slow, uninvolving storytelling and flat acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 20, 2002
As moth-eaten as a Bengal tiger rug on the floor of a London men's club.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 20, 2002
A rousing if retro adventure film about soldiers and honor and brotherly love.
September 20, 2002
What a featherweight epic this is, the kind of uniformed period piece where the watchword is pretty. Pretty costumes, pretty soldiers, pretty battles; pretty silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 20, 2002
The characters are so feckless, the coincidences so blatant and the movie so innocent of any doubts about the White Man's Burden that Kipling could have written it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 20, 2002
At its best, The Four Feathers recalls the consummate craftsmanship and irony-free storytelling of Hollywood's Golden Age.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 20, 2002
Read More | Original Score: C
September 20, 2002
For all of the contemporary post-colonialist consciousness that Kapur tries to bring to The Four Feathers, the oddest thing about the movie is how it winds up affirming the same damn moldy values the material has always held dear.
September 20, 2002
The Four Feathers aspires to be a sweeping epic, but it plays more like a very special Dawson's Creek.
September 19, 2002
The picture's wheezing fussiness and devotion to the British empire and its minor nods to questioning unthinking loyalty to an ideal make The Four Feathers a possible first of a kind: a movie that's halfhearted about ambivalence.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 19, 2002
Director Shekhar Kapur and screenwriters Michael Schiffer and Hossein Amini have tried hard to modernize and reconceptualize things, but the barriers finally prove to be too great.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 19, 2002
Its battle scenes are dynamic, its pageantry spectacular and its characters appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 19, 2002
Every bit as enthralling, exciting and inspiring as Korda's film -- and maybe even better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 19, 2002
Instead of panoramic sweep, Kapur gives us episodic choppiness, undermining the story's emotional thrust.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 19, 2002
A fine balance of personal struggles and panoramic vistas.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 19, 2002
The story is singularly unsatisfying, from its truncated opening to the pat revisionist ending.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 19, 2002
Unfortunately, this epic saga, so grounded in Victorian manners, has not aged well.
September 19, 2002
Adrift, Bentley and Hudson stare and sniffle, respectively, as Ledger attempts, in vain, to prove that movie-star intensity can overcome bad hair design.
September 19, 2002
The story fails to build and drive forward the way it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 19, 2002
Starts out well, but then it seems to restart, over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 19, 2002
Nicely sidesteps the book's musty perspective as it weaves a rousing good action saga that, in stretches, almost matches the scope and grandeur of Zulu and the acclaimed 1939 British Four Feathers.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 19, 2002
What The Four Feathers lacks is genuine sweep or feeling or even a character worth caring about.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 19, 2002
Director Kapur is a filmmaker with a real flair for epic landscapes and adventure, and this is a better film than his earlier English-language movie, the overpraised Elizabeth.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 19, 2002
Just take it for what it is -- action-filled, saber-rattling escapism.
Read More | Original Score: B