The Celestine Prophecy

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Adapted from the bestselling self-help tome, The Celestine Prophesy is indifferently directed and acted, and its plotting is virtually tension-free.



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In this spiritual adventure, John Woodson tracks down an ancient Peruvian manuscript containing Nine Insights, which hold the prophecy of the modern emergence into the New Age of spiritualty.


Matthew Settle
as John Woodson
Hector Elizondo
as Cardinal Sebastian
Joaquim de Almeida
as Father Sanchez
Jürgen Prochnow
as Robert Jensen
Robyn Cohen
as Charleen
Petrus Antonius
as General Rodriguez
Rachel Erickson
as Little Girl
Joel Antonio Juan
as Prison Guard
Castulo Guerra
as Father Jose
Jim Accomando
as Mission Monk
Oliver Adams
as Basketball Player
Ben Affan
as Villager
Jay Amor
as Rebel Leader
Georgia Chris
as Villager
Eric Esteban
as Heavenly Spirit
Patrick Holland
as Young Priest
Piper Howse
as Flight Attendant
Manny James
as Rodriquez's Aide
J.T. Knight
as Basketball Player
Vinicius Machado
as Spanish Conquistador
Juan Marquez
as Prison Guard
Andrew Michaelson
as Basketball Player
Eli T. Peña
as Military Guard
Rich Petrelli
as Prison Guard
Bruno A. Ramos
as Rebel Leader
Kyle Reed
as The Cop
Tequan Richmond
as Basketball Player
Jason "Heat" Rosell
as Prison Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Celestine Prophecy

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (22)

  • ... tedious and ill-made claptrap it makes staring at your hands seem like four-star entertainment by comparison.

    Aug 12, 2006 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
  • [The film is] arguably as effective as Ambien at inducing sleep, but possible side effects include uncontrollable laughter.

    Aug 12, 2006 | Rating: 1/4
  • A delectable fusion of New Age babble and luridly bad filmmaking based on the best-selling 1993 book by James Redfield.

    Aug 10, 2006 | Rating: 1/5
  • The movie is flatly acted and extremely ill-paced, lacking any sense of urgency, momentum or fun.

    Jul 21, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The Celestine Prophecy Movie never transcends either the look or the feel of a cult recruitment film crossed with a Christian-network infomercial.

    Jul 20, 2006
  • The movie is self-conscious and lacks dramatic tension, and the dialogue sounds like people reading passages from James Redfield's novel ...

    Apr 28, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/5

Audience Reviews for The Celestine Prophecy

  • Apr 20, 2012
    This spiritual adventure film based on James Redfield's worldwide best-selling novel, The Celestine Prophecy is chronicling the discovery of ancient scrolls in the rainforests of Peru. The story introduces us (not very effectively) to the prophecy and its nine key insights predicting a worldwide awakening, arising within all religious traditions, that moves humanity toward a deeper experience of spirituality. Because I am a historian and archaeologist, I love Peru and spending time there, and I am a teacher (as the main character) who loves references to vibrations and energy - it was natural that I wanted to see this movie (I missed it originally because I was in the jungle with an expedition  )... For those who are not familiar with the book it'll be a little bit confusing, especially when you have to process in a short time advices to avoid the negative (you can tell good people by their eyes), stop doubting, follow your intuitions and premonitions, flow with coincidences, believe in the purposiveness of everything, join thousands of others on the quest, tune into your feelings and evolve to a higher plane... On the other side, people who love the book almost hate the movie! Why? Because of the high expectations and missed opportunity. Due to the fact that The Celestine Prophecy novel sold over 23 million copies since its publication in 1993 and has thus become one of the best-selling books of all time, everyone expected the film to be a success. However, the film was a disappointment for most of the fans of the Celestine prophecy theory. The cinematography wasn't bad, the story was clumsy, special effects not something you could be proud of... but I really wonder what were these guys thinking casting Matthew Settle as John Woodson... I have no idea... Thomas Kretschmann as (sterile look) Wil wasn't better choice, and I have no words to describe Sarah Wayne Callies as Marjorie and Annabeth Gish as Julia! The only one worth mentioning in the "acting department" is Hector Elizondo as Fr. Sebastian , who was just average. I like the idea, but the execution could be done so much better!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2011
    The Celestine Prophecy has got to be the most boring film ever made. A total waste of time from start to finish. I never read the book, and won't after seeing this trash. But man was this film pointless and lame. I never seen something so crappy. The film has a terrible plot, and worse acting. I here the book is great, but after watching this, I'm not so much interested anymore. I think that the film could have been a good one, but it feels so cheap, and preachy that it's laughable. The cast here are terrible, and theres not really impressive names here. I thought the film was a missed opportunity and maybe, maybe could have been something really good. But instead The Celestine Prophecy is simply a bore fest from start to finish, and you're waiting for something interesting to happen, but it doesn't. The Celestine Prophecy is a waste of Celluloid This film shouldn't have been made and it was a poor execution of a popular book. What The Celestine Prophecy is, is a film that tries to be something spiritual and feel good, but it ends frustratingly painful for the viewer to watch. Finishing watching this film was a chore, and now I can only hope to warn potential viewers that this film simply sucks, and is not worth watching. This is a wasted film that has a stupid, pointless script that doesn't go nowhere. The film fails at being spiritual, and ends up being very cheesy. One of the worst film ever made for sure.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2011
    I don't know why I expect a film adaptation to do a book that I love justice. It's always the same high expectations, falling short. This however, takes bad transfers from page to screen to a whole new low. Based on James Redfield's 1993 bestselling novel it tells the story of high-school teacher John Woodson (Matthew Settle), who undertakes a journey to find and understand a series of nine spiritual insights on an ancient manuscript in Peru, taking him on a spiritual awakening as he goes through a transitional period of his life. Meanwhile, the Catholic Church and government try to suppress the ancient psychological and spiritual beliefs he unfolds, putting his and others' lives in danger. Poor production value, hammy acting and a stifling screenplay. The author James Redfield can't really complain though as he's one of the screenwriters. The book deserved so much more than this. Where it succeeded in capturing your attention and imagination, this succeeds only in putting you to sleep. It's boring and tedious pap and even as a television film it looks cheap. Maybe one day someone will adapt this properly, it's certainly deserving of a better version. Very little, if anything, to recommend it. Fans of the book will only be seriously disappointed and those who haven't read the book will be lost, and will ruin what is a great read. Stay well clear of this turkey.
    Mark W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2010
    Hokie ideas in an advertisement for new age ideas. I am not enlightened or have the insights to see this even as entertaining. I was often distracted by Matthew Settle because at times he looked exactly like Tom Welling. Hector Elizondo must have had rent due an NEEDED money.... I hated seeing him in the trash. But at least Joaquim de Almeida was not tug, hitman or drug kingpin... good to see him play another type role.
    Thomas J Super Reviewer

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