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The Celestine Prophecy (2006)



Critic Consensus: 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.more
Rating: PG (for some violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: James Redfield, Barnet Bain, Dan Gordon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 19, 2006
Box Office: $1.0M
Celestine Films - Official Site


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 (24) | Top Critics (10)

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

Full Review… | August 12, 2006
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

[The film is] arguably as effective as Ambien at inducing sleep, but possible side effects include uncontrollable laughter.

August 12, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

A delectable fusion of New Age babble and luridly bad filmmaking based on the best-selling 1993 book by James Redfield.

August 10, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The movie is flatly acted and extremely ill-paced, lacking any sense of urgency, momentum or fun.

Full Review… | July 21, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The Celestine Prophecy Movie never transcends either the look or the feel of a cult recruitment film crossed with a Christian-network infomercial.

Full Review… | July 20, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Believer and skeptic alike can agree on one thing: It is a transcendentally awful movie.

Full Review… | May 25, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Celestine Prophecy

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 Walker

Super Reviewer

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 roy

Super Reviewer

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 Johnston

Super Reviewer

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