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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
The lack of a plausible leading lady is enough to sink what is otherwise an eye-catching, although heavily '90s-style, telling of one of history's most frequently filmed stories.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Both visually spectacular and staggeringly awful.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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David L. Beck
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
The Messenger is a mess, and probably an unholy one at that.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
The English are uniformly and broadly portrayed as villainous louts, and today's four-letter oaths sound laughably anachronistic.
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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
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Nothing less than a miracle saved France, The Messenger tells us, and nothing less than a miracle would be needed to rescue this film from itself.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Half-baked.
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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Fails on nearly every count.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Like its almost-demented heroine, The Messenger is unnervingly consumed with energy.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's hard to recommend it to people who like action and blood because of all the talking; and, because of all the blood, it's hard to recommend it to those who might be interested in the talk.
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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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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Marvelously shot.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
What an unholy mess.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Besson seems to have no sense that Joan herself was giving a performance.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
Milla Jovovich, who plays Joan, is a young woman who has been unmemorable in several pictures.