The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Reviews

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
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
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
November 13, 2008
Impressive to look at, but in the end, it just doesn't ring true.
| Original Score: 68/100
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 7, 2002
Makes precious little sense.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002
This unusual French interpretation of Joan of Arc sees her as a radical zealot like John Brown.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
February 14, 2001
Girlfriend was a few fries short of a happy meal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
I've never left a Luc Besson movie not thinking that the guy has Froot Loops for brains.
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
While The Messenger feeds our appetite for visual panache, it starves the soul.
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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Fails on nearly every count.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
The battles and scenes of medieval mayhem and beauty are brilliant.
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 1, 2000
A great movie that doesn't know when to quit
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Kelsey
TNT's Rough Cut
January 1, 2000
If all history lessons were this stylish, elementary school would have been a better place.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Besson seems to have no sense that Joan herself was giving a performance.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
January 1, 2000
Well-intentioned but severely uneven.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Besson is unable to weave the comic scenes together with the serious gory ones, so both seem increasingly jarring and unbelievable.
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Grunden
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
My guess is Columbia has virtually no chance of finding an audience for this misfire.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Like its almost-demented heroine, The Messenger is unnervingly consumed with energy.
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
January 1, 2000
Besson manipulates his audience's emotions instead of informing, inspiring, or illuminating its intellect.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
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
Tony Toscano
KUTV-TV
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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