User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25

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  1. YoonC.
    Sep 13, 2003
    6
    At times spectacular and beautifully mounted but ultimately hollow and dull with a drama that sinks under the weight of cliches and action scenes that verge on the ludicrous. Jodie Foster is radiant and Chow has a smoldering charm but there's no chemistry between the two.
  2. NedD.
    Sep 14, 2001
    5
    Well-made take on the oft-told tale. Great looking with fine performances, but you have to wonder whose idea it was to film this story YET AGAIN? I don't remember anyone asking.
  3. AnelR.
    Mar 28, 2002
    10
    This film is romantic and fascinating.
  4. PatC.
    Dec 19, 2003
    4
    This show was about the tragic lovers who became victims of the legal system. The plot is oblivous to them, but comparatively Jodie & Chow are filler.
  5. Jeremy
    Sep 29, 2003
    6
    Chow Yun-Fat proves in theis movie the potential to be one great screen resource, and even though Jodie Foster doesn't pull her role off as much as we want her to, it's good enough to balance out the unnecesary length and moments that don't work.
  6. HariK.
    Jan 25, 2005
    1
    It is excellent in story narration, editing, photography.
  7. May 24, 2014
    9
    This is a great movie. It`s a timeless great story you can always watch.Great chemistry between the characters.When watching this movie I felt like Anna taking an adventure to another land.If you want to see the King and I without the singing this is it for you.
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    75
    Will remind filmgoers that one of the chief pleasures of going to the movies is a good old-fashioned swoon
  2. 60
    A musical number or two might have balanced the overdetermined politics and spectacle in this version.
  3. Has the rambling pace of an episodic 1950s costume drama.