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The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Reviews

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January 20, 2009
Jovovich brings an intensity to the role well-matched to Besson's stylistic energy, though this comic-bookish take on Jeanne D'Arc won't be winning any historical-society awards. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 13, 2008
Impressive to look at, but in the end, it just doesn't ring true.
Read More | Original Score: 68/100
March 7, 2002
Makes precious little sense.
Full Review | Original Score: short
March 4, 2002
This unusual French interpretation of Joan of Arc sees her as a radical zealot like John Brown.
February 14, 2001
Girlfriend was a few fries short of a happy meal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
I've never left a Luc Besson movie not thinking that the guy has Froot Loops for brains.
January 1, 2000
While The Messenger feeds our appetite for visual panache, it starves the soul.
January 1, 2000
Fails on nearly every count.
January 1, 2000
The battles and scenes of medieval mayhem and beauty are brilliant.
January 1, 2000
A great movie that doesn't know when to quit
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
If all history lessons were this stylish, elementary school would have been a better place.
January 1, 2000
Besson seems to have no sense that Joan herself was giving a performance.
January 1, 2000
I guess they're going to keep telling the story of Joan of Arc until they get it right.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
January 1, 2000
Well-intentioned but severely uneven.
January 1, 2000
Besson is unable to weave the comic scenes together with the serious gory ones, so both seem increasingly jarring and unbelievable.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
My guess is Columbia has virtually no chance of finding an audience for this misfire.
January 1, 2000
Like its almost-demented heroine, The Messenger is unnervingly consumed with energy.
January 1, 2000
Besson manipulates his audience's emotions instead of informing, inspiring, or illuminating its intellect.
January 1, 2000
Does not have the grandeur, the poetry, the range of Lawrence of Arabia but makes up for its shortcomings by being eminently user-friendly.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 1, 2000
With battle scenes that are obscenely gruesome and pacing that is too slow, the film lumbers along like a Buick in the mud.
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