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There Be Dragons Reviews

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June 29, 2017
The cinematography is gorgeous, the art direction excellent, and the historical sequences, including the battle scenes, seem quite authentic. The visual parallel narrative structure, the subtleness of the religious imagery, works well.
January 15, 2013
Unsatisfying, lacking the epic feel it was aiming for, and paid-for image-burnishing for the controversial founder of Opus Dei.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 6, 2012
Yes, the film looks beautiful. But unfortunately is stumbles over itself too often to fully realize greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 8, 2011
Despite its high-mindedness, an almost complete misfire...a lopsided film as well as a turgid, boring one.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 13, 2011
...whitewashing the origins of the controversial Opus Dei movement, this lesson in unabashed embellishment will fail to excite any but the most starry-eyed Catholic.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 13, 2011
I was looking forward to seeing Wes Bentley on-screen again..Alas, he apparently spent the last decade at the Acting with Your Eyebrows Drama School.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 8, 2011
A visually stunning, undeniably intriguing saga about a controversial Catholic saint. Overly earnest at times...but this is still one of the more genuinely spiritual contemporary films to hit the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 7, 2011
Joffe, working from his own script, presents the men's lives as evidence of difficult choices, but this pedantic movie is never fully invested in any of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 6, 2011
Putting aside the many aesthetic problems with this overwrought, over-narrated, and overacted movie, the politics of There Be Dragons make very little sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 6, 2011
Few films about the Spanish Civil War have been any good -- Pan's Labyrinth being the big exception.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 6, 2011
Ponderous, inflated, overstated Spanish Civil War potboiler displays all of director Roland Joffé's worst tendencies to full disadvantage.
May 6, 2011
There's an interesting story here, but Joffe never firmly wraps his arms around it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
May 6, 2011
A movie doesn't need CGI dragons to be exciting. But it does need real characters and conflict -- it needs to be a real story. Here, that story always is just beyond our grasp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 6, 2011
It offers good production values, name performers and insights into the chaos of civil war. But it's too stiff, too cautious, too calculating to feel genuine.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 6, 2011
Rarely has a film with so much melodrama been so unengaging.
May 6, 2011
Even with its modern ambiguity, "There Be Dragons" feels stodgy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 6, 2011
Joffé is out of depth when it comes to Escrivá's religious experiences. It's clear he wants the film to show how faith works within us, but he does it by resorting to the most hackneyed imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 6, 2011
Clunk, clunk, squish. That is the sound of the dead language in Roland Joffé's screenplay for "There Be Dragons" as it tramples his would-be epic of the Spanish Civil War into an indigestible pulp.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
May 6, 2011
I like grandeur and richly nuanced storytelling. I also like lobster bisque. But I don't want to drink a gallon of it in a single sitting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 6, 2011
Even actor's actor Derek Jacobi, as a Jewish factory owner, is wasted in this international muddle of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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