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The Musketeer Reviews

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 26, 2001
For the third time in less than a decade, Alexandre Dumas is turning over in his grave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ebert & Roeper
September 20, 2001
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
September 11, 2001
A stale Euro-pudding.
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September 10, 2001
The results are mind-numbingly moronic.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
September 7, 2001
Handsome but ho-hum action flick.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
September 7, 2001
The images are pretty, and Gene Quintano's screenplay gets everybody from point A to point B, though with no discernible knack for wit or subtlety.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 7, 2001
If you're going to do it, you've got to go all the way, and not stint on the action, the acting or the production values.
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Megan Rosenfeld
Washington Post
September 7, 2001
Seems to be designed on the principle that if one fight is good, dozens must be better.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 7, 2001
The Musketeer rollicks and rolls.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
September 7, 2001
The action is so badly edited and darkly lit that it's hard to tell what's happening.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
September 7, 2001
The movie lacks the one thing that the classic Three Musketeers story can't do without: panache.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 7, 2001
Chambers exhibits a negative screen presence that seems to recede into the scenery every time he opens his mouth.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
September 7, 2001
An example of lazy, dumb and couldn't-care -less hack movie making.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 7, 2001
Philip Harrison's superb production design, Raymond Hughes and Cynthia Dumont's wide range of costumes, Gigi Lepage's gowns for Deneuve and David Arnold's rightly thundering score all help bring alive Dumas' romantic, tumultuous world one more time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
September 7, 2001
As for the action that greatly reimagines 17th century sword fighting, genre fans will be seeing nothing much new.
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
September 7, 2001
This is a terrible movie. But it has the strange quality that it seems to have been made by people who were enjoying themselves. Not enough, unfortunately, for the rest of us to enjoy it too.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
September 7, 2001
Regularly if inadvertently, Catherine Deneuve provides The Musketeer with its sole point of fascination.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 7, 2001
A jumble of action and motivation, ill-defined characters and action howlers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
September 6, 2001
The latest cinematic stab at a swashbuckling epic is a useful primer of filmic derring-don'ts.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 6, 2001
This Musketeer plays like a martial-arts film, all fun fights but devoid of soul.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
September 6, 2001
Often, in the fight scenes, it's hard to tell who is doing what to whom, but since it's all glitz and no content, it hardly matters.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
September 6, 2001
If this is Dumas, there's a 'b' in the middle and an extra 's' at the end.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 6, 2001
Belongs to the school of new-style adventure movies that confuse visual energy with visual cole slaw.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
September 6, 2001
In its fast-food way, this is an acceptable addition to the all-for-one canon.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 6, 2001
Though the first action sequence, with its wired flips and ceiling crawls, seems to suggest that a powder-wigged Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is coiled to leap, the rest of the film remains on the muddy ground until the clanging climax.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
September 6, 2001
Appallingly flat.
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Charles Savage
Miami Herald
September 6, 2001
Muddled where it should be exciting, The Musketeer presents most of its action in dark interiors with far too many cuts and blurry close-ups.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 6, 2001
As filmed by Hyams (he directs! he cinematographs!), all the crazy, exhilarating ballet of the martial arts genre is lost in a murky blur of motion and the clang and thump of overdone sound effects.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly
September 6, 2001
Musketeer's fight scenes are underlit, overmiked, and appallingly edited, with none of the spacious grace that even routine Asian action flicks get right. Worse, the narrative scenes make less sense.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 6, 2001
A grotesque slumgullion of kung fu, studio schlock and pseudo-Dumas swashbuckling that leaves you longing for Doug Fairbanks -- or even Don Ameche and The Ritz Brothers.
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 6, 2001
The Musketeer is, at times, a watchable flick. It's got the action. Lots of it. Furious swordplay. Galloping horses. Cannon fire. Too bad its 'all for one' is all for naught.
| Original Score: C