Captain Corelli's Mandolin


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 33
  2. Negative: 12 out of 33

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Critic Reviews

  1. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    Good old-fashioned romantic entertainment, just restrained enough to skirt schmaltz.
  2. Handsomely weathered John Hurt, as Pelagia's father, gives a performance of such unhackneyed dignity that it provides a moral compass for the action and helps to keep the ricocheting emotional content of the film in balance.
  3. 50
    Strives for comprehensive coverage of its theme of forbidden love.
  4. 50
    In this film there is a scene where something is said in English pronounced with one accent, and a character asks, ''What did he say?'' and he is told -- in English pronounced with another accent.
  5. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Doesn't so much strike a lot of sour notes as fail to strike the right ones.
  6. A movie that reduces history, as well as eros, to a postcard.
  7. The only aspect that emerges a winner is the gorgeous Mediterranean scenery.
  8. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Corelli is a coffee-table movie: one leafs through the gorgeous vistas and nods through the narrative.
  9. Partly a travelogue for the Greek islands, partly a simplistic love story, and generally a rehash of the Oscar-winning "Mediterraneo," as if we needed even the first one.
  10. No crime against the moviemaker's art, but it is flawed in a way we wouldn't expect from the director of "Shakespeare in Love."
  11. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Strikes too many false notes on the dramatic side to add up to a satisfying emotional experience.
  12. 40
    Neither a badly miscast Cage nor an oddly dispassionate Cruz remotely suggest the ardor of love's passion.
  13. 40
    Ms. Cruz...once again proves her inability to give a bad performance even under the worst of circumstances.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 6 out of 13
  1. EvaH.
    Jun 18, 2010
    Unreliable character sketches - in particular the PTSD case is far out. But beautiful views.
  2. hatems.
    Jul 9, 2007
    It's a very nice romantic story with some action and with a very great sound track especially the Pelagia Song.