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The Majestic Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 20, 2001
Two hours of tedium followed by an additional 30 minutes of preaching.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2002
the cinematic equivalent of the sanctimonious bore determined to announce his bullying virtue to the world ...
Full Review| Original Score: D
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Larry Carroll
April 16, 2002
Built on a weak script that exploits nostalgia in an attempt to make you overlook an absurd plot...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
December 21, 2001
With its fake burnished sunsets and wobbly high school band playing the national anthem, The Majestic wavers uncomfortably between blissfully old-fashioned and just plain maudlin.
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Smug, simpering and warmed over, The Majestic is a horrible film with delusions of grandeur.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
December 21, 2001
It manages to go from cornball Capra wanna-be to overbaked courtroom grandstand without missing a beat, to say nothing of the ever-present 'insert emotion here' musical score.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 16, 2001
A celluloid fantasy that breathes no life it doesn't borrow from other movies.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 20, 2001
So obviously modeled on Capra's films that it begs to be measured against them, and it's not as good.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
June 13, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 21, 2001
It can't fake sincerity. It tries ever so hard, but it doesn't have a single believable second.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 31, 2001
It espouses simplistic solutions, phony platitudes, and dripping schmaltz in the place of genuine humanity, making a lie out of all the emotions it wants so badly to champion.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Brian Orndorf
January 9, 2002
| Original Score: 2/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 17, 2001
Acting is good by the talented cast ... but the sentimentality is cheap and unworkable.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Mark R. Leeper
December 25, 2001
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 21, 2001
Mr. Carrey may go to both Washington and a version of Bedford Falls in The Majestic, but he is neither the Jefferson Smith nor George Bailey of Stewart's best-loved films.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 20, 2001
A pale imitation [of Capra's films] that challenges credulity and tries too hard to win our hearts with schmaltz.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
December 21, 2001
I think audiences will respond to what seems like the film's 'open heart,' but there's a naggingly insincere and overtly manipulative quality here that leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 16, 2001
Director Frank Darabont ... tries to recapture the sentimental, patriotic films of Frank Capra proving once and for all that you can't go home again.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
December 20, 2001
Sadly, because credibility takes a back seat to sentimentality, "The Majestic" comes up quite shy of its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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