Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 33
  2. Negative: 12 out of 33
Watch On
  1. 88
    Although it's in the same genre as "The English Patient," it's a vastly better movie --more surprising and original, more rigorous and sympathetic. This film is oddly shaped. It is also heartbreaking and exhilarating.
  2. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    80
    The able cast brings these emotionally complex characters to life, while making Shawn Slovo's occasionally lyrical dialogue sound perfectly natural.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    The result is far from perfect, but to its many merits, add timing. You never get a movie with this kind of story in mid-August.
  4. It's beautifully shot on Cephallonian locations by superb landscape photographer John Toll.
  5. A handsomely staged and craftily constructed tearjerker.
  6. Ultimately, it's a surprisingly empty experience.
  7. Grand passion, secrecy, world politics and mortal danger provide a heady mix for this spectacularly beautiful movie. If only the accents were as reliable as the azure of the sea.
  8. 63
    Never reaches this level of devastating loss despite its tragedies, but it's not the dismal bomb that much of the British press claims.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 6 out of 13
  1. EvaH.
    Jun 18, 2010
    0
    Unreliable character sketches - in particular the PTSD case is far out. But beautiful views.
  2. hatems.
    Jul 9, 2007
    10
    It's a very nice romantic story with some action and with a very great sound track especially the Pelagia Song.