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The Celestine Prophecy Reviews

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 12, 2006
... tedious and ill-made claptrap it makes staring at your hands seem like four-star entertainment by comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 25, 2006
Based on the best-selling self-help book, the movie shares the book's chief flaw, which is that it's so awkwardly put together that it's hard to concentrate on the interesting ideas it may contain.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 3, 2007
Just about the best thing that can be said for this spiritual potboiler is that it is not much worse than The Da Vinci Code.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 10, 2006
A delectable fusion of New Age babble and luridly bad filmmaking based on the best-selling 1993 book by James Redfield.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 21, 2006
... indifferent direction douses whatever conviction gave the novel its ardent following.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 21, 2006
The film is clumsy -- not merely unconventional but awkward in its narrative development and dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 21, 2006
The film does have some decent production values, but the story fails to generate much tension, perhaps because the external forces that oppose the protagonist are drawn without subtlety.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 28, 2006
The movie is self-conscious and lacks dramatic tension, and the dialogue sounds like people reading passages from James Redfield's novel ...
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 12, 2006
[The film is] arguably as effective as Ambien at inducing sleep, but possible side effects include uncontrollable laughter.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 19, 2006
How's this for a prophecy: This earnest but hokey adaptation of James Redfield's New Age best-seller won't last more than a few weeks in theaters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Shawn Levy
June 2, 2006
So clumsily made on every level -- acting, dialogue, decor, lighting, editing, scoring -- that it would never have found its way into theaters if there weren't the name of a best-seller to slap on it.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
July 21, 2006
The movie is flatly acted and extremely ill-paced, lacking any sense of urgency, momentum or fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 30, 2006
If "The Da Vinci Code" were based on New Age theories similar to those in "What the Bleep Do We Know?" -- and if it were terrible -- the result would be "The Celestine Prophecy Movie."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
James Redfield's best seller hits the big screen with a dull thud.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
May 20, 2006
Spiritual epiphany is tough to convey onscreen, and near impossible in the hands of wooden actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Dennis Harvey
April 21, 2006
Anyone unfamiliar with the book's basic ideas will probably choke on their popcorn, agog at so much windy spiritual mumbo-jumbo floating in a woozy stew of action-adventure absurdity.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 25, 2006
Believer and skeptic alike can agree on one thing: It is a transcendentally awful movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 26, 2006
A thrill-less thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
July 20, 2006
Armand Mastroianni brings James Redfield's huge bestseller to the screen with all the care it deserves ... which is none.
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
July 20, 2006
The Celestine Prophecy Movie never transcends either the look or the feel of a cult recruitment film crossed with a Christian-network infomercial.
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