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There Be Dragons Reviews

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 12, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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-
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 6, 2011
"There Be Dragons" tries to echo "For Whom the Bell Tolls," but this instrument is tinny and tarnished.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
May 5, 2011
"Dragons" may have seemed less out of place three decades ago, but it would have been a bad movie then as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 5, 2011
The film's title, "There Be Dragons," is lifted from the way ancient maps warned of dangers to be found within uncharted territory. Joffé should have paid heed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
May 5, 2011
"Inspired by true events'' the opening credits say. "Time to count the factual silverware,'' the moviegoer mutters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
May 5, 2011
There Be Dragons certainly looks lavish, from the battle scenes to the beautiful period costuming, but it's so stilted and humorless that it's almost campy.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 5, 2011
Bernardo Bertolucci and David Lean used to make movies like this. More, please.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 4, 2011
[A] florid, convoluted historical drama from writer-director Roland Joffé...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 3, 2011
It's the kind of simplistic movie that features a benevolent chocolate maker and desk drawers containing both crucifixes and pistols. Which to choose?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
May 3, 2011
The geriatric pacing, flat-footed Old Hollywood pastiche, and Joffé's inexplicable penchant for tear-jerking Catholic mysticism make Dragons more punishing than a hundred Hail Marys.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
March 25, 2011
Dragons may not be perfect, but it plays to the helmer's strengths, demonstrating an increasingly rare sense of scope and pageantry best served by the bigscreen.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 25, 2011
A jigsaw of intimate relationships and betrayals during wartime with more than a few pieces missing.