There Be Dragons Reviews

August 12, 2011
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
Few films about the Spanish Civil War have been any good -- Pan's Labyrinth being the big exception.
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.
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.
May 6, 2011
Even actor's actor Derek Jacobi, as a Jewish factory owner, is wasted in this international muddle of a movie.
May 6, 2011
"There Be Dragons" tries to echo "For Whom the Bell Tolls," but this instrument is tinny and tarnished.
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.
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. Joff should have paid heed.
May 5, 2011
"Inspired by true events'' the opening credits say. "Time to count the factual silverware,'' the moviegoer mutters.
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.
May 4, 2011
[A] florid, convoluted historical drama from writer-director Roland Joff...
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?
May 3, 2011
The geriatric pacing, flat-footed Old Hollywood pastiche, and Joff's inexplicable penchant for tear-jerking Catholic mysticism make Dragons more punishing than a hundred Hail Marys.
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.
March 25, 2011
A jigsaw of intimate relationships and betrayals during wartime with more than a few pieces missing.