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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 26, 2007
A stiff.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
... the effects and sets are marvellously fantastical and there are one or two neat comical allusions to the heroes' literary roots. But where's the excitement, the thrills, the tension, the style?
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
July 16, 2003
Despite Sean Connery and some impressive 19th century gloom, this big-screen translation of Alan Moore's culty comic-book series falls to earth with an incoherent splat.
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Ed Park
Village Voice
July 15, 2003
Even if, per Wilde, all art is quite useless, it need not be quite as useless as this.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 14, 2003
This film is odd, loud, unintentionally funny and quite awful.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 11, 2003
This isn't a blend of modern and classic so much as a collision.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 11, 2003
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen just plain reeks.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 11, 2003
This is awfulness of an utterly assembly-line nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 11, 2003
The movie, alas, isn't extraordinary at all; it's just dull, a little mystifying, and more than a little cheesy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 11, 2003
The League is a movie to enjoy, then to root for and finally to be disappointed by.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 11, 2003
Except for Connery, who is every inch the lion in winter, nothing here feels authentic.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 11, 2003
Ill-conceived, sloppily directed, shoddily acted, LXG looks like the work of a confederacy of dunces.
| Original Score: .5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 11, 2003
Works wonderfully as a popcorn picture.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 11, 2003
A concept whose promise is never quite fulfilled.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
July 11, 2003
Suspension of disbelief is as necessary as popcorn when approaching a summer comic-book movie, but LXG is too preposterous even for this fantastical genre.
| Original Score: .5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 11, 2003
In a summer of big-budget sequels, prequels, remakes and homages, no film is more ambitiously derivative -- or dramatically unsatisfying -- than Stephen Norrington's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 11, 2003
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen feels overly busy, unwieldy and hollow.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 11, 2003
Operates on a similar principle as Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle: Keep throwing things at the audience and edit the action sequences with a Vegematic.
| Original Score: C-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 11, 2003
The concept is high but everything else is merely fair to middling, one more or less watchable B-movie in megabucks clothing.
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Entertainment Weekly
July 11, 2003
Basically, we're watching all of these famous names pasted onto a lot of anonymous grade-B acting and limply staged fight scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 11, 2003
Gentlemen is not in a league of its own, but in a league with too many others.
| Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 11, 2003
Yet another ill-considered, explosions-driven summer movie that fails to deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 11, 2003
A dreary and disheveled adventure that qualifies as one of summer's bigger disappointments.
| Original Score: D+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 11, 2003
This film by Stephen Norrington doesn't soar nearly enough above ordinary.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 11, 2003
Just when it seems about to become a real corker of an adventure movie, [the movie] plunges into incomprehensible action, idiotic dialogue, inexplicable motivations, causes without effects, effects without causes, and general lunacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 11, 2003
Much dumber and pulpier than the comic book on which it's based.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
July 10, 2003
This movie is so boring that the mind floats to extraneous matters ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
July 10, 2003
Gentlemen may be a better movie than other Connery fantasy-action films like The Avengers, but then again a glass of muddy water looks good to someone just coming in from the desert.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 10, 2003
A wonderfully old-school adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
July 10, 2003
These guys have dumbed down a comic book.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
July 10, 2003
A smart concept that's been dumbed down.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 10, 2003
This is Wild Wild West meets Avengers bad.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 10, 2003
Offers some appealing elements -- exceptionally beautiful design, atypical characters, literacy and an intriguing intellectual basis -- that are ultimately engulfed by explosions, effects and an affiliated ponderousness.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
July 10, 2003
Summer's smartest, most exhilarating action attraction.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 10, 2003
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen may end up being the film that defined the season: underwritten and overwritten, effects-driven, inspired by a comic book and unlikely to drive those on- the-fence audiences back into theaters anytime soon.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 10, 2003
The experience of watching this movie is a marginal and moderately disappointing one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 10, 2003
That an actor exec produced such a film is a sad commentary on where we stand in early-21st century filmmaking.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 10, 2003
If you're in the mood for two hours of carnage, waste and mind-boggling badness, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen could be just your ticket.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 10, 2003
These gentlemen -- and this lady -- are extraordinary indeed.
| Original Score: B+
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
July 9, 2003
Norrington falls repeatedly into predictable fight sequences and apocalyptic explosions, drowning the few remnants of wit and subtlety under bombast and empty stylistics.