There Be Dragons Reviews

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January 8, 2019
There's a great film to be made about Josemaria Escriva, the founder of the controversial Opus Dei. There are more great films to be made about the complicated Spanish Civil War. This movie, however, is neither.
January 29, 2018
It's unfortunate director Roland Joff fails to capture real emotion and passion within the religious narrative. Without that perspective, there's no way he can breathe any life into the biopic, much less fire.
January 15, 2013
Unsatisfying, lacking the epic feel it was aiming for, and paid-for image-burnishing for the controversial founder of Opus Dei.
February 6, 2012
Yes, the film looks beautiful. But unfortunately is stumbles over itself too often to fully realize greatness.
August 12, 2011
June 8, 2011
Despite its high-mindedness, an almost complete misfire...a lopsided film as well as a turgid, boring one.
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.
May 13, 2011
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.
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.
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.
May 6, 2011
Few films about the Spanish Civil War have been any good -- Pan's Labyrinth being the big exception.
May 6, 2011
Ponderous, inflated, overstated Spanish Civil War potboiler displays all of director Roland Joff's worst tendencies to full disadvantage.
May 6, 2011
There's an interesting story here, but Joffe never firmly wraps his arms around it.
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.
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.
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.
May 6, 2011
Joff is out of depth when it comes to Escriv'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.
May 6, 2011
Clunk, clunk, squish. That is the sound of the dead language in Roland Joff's screenplay for "There Be Dragons" as it tramples his would-be epic of the Spanish Civil War into an indigestible pulp.
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