Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
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  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    The movie is both stunning on the level of visual pageantry and curiously inert as cinema.
  2. 50
    The fact that the story makes sense at all remains Coppola and his butchers' sole achievement.
  3. 50
    Manages to build interest as it goes along, leading to a spectacular climactic battle with all those elephants.
  4. The movie keeps you at a distance; it is visually sweeping, and the history is fascinating, but the drama is rarely stirring.
  5. 50
    The characters are flat creatures of duty, and the film is more a tale of the collective will of a state than of the rugged individuals behind it.
  6. 50
    The storytelling is jerky (perhaps in part because the running time was trimmed from 185 to 142 minutes for U.S. release) and character development takes a backseat to a breathless rush through battles, assassinations and dynastic plotting.
  7. Yukol has spread a huge canvas, gloriously costumed and photographed, but the staging and acting are often awkward and the saga is simply too dense for good drama.
  8. Prince Chatri Chalerm Yukol's movie is lovely, large, and tedious, subscribing blindly to storybook stereotypes (this warrior is brave, this prince is noble, this consort is evil) and acted, for the most part, in a passionless monotone.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. KlausV
    Nov 27, 2003
    7
    A rich and stunning movie that succeeds well in recreating the past. It is a true epic, including romance, treason, murder, battles, and A rich and stunning movie that succeeds well in recreating the past. It is a true epic, including romance, treason, murder, battles, and sacrifice. Especially the elephants are a delight to watch. Unfortunately, at least to western viewers, the dialogue and the actor's expressions at times just seem too formulaic to be believable. Also, as the review by Robert C. shows, the audience can easily get confused, maybe because the two main female roles look too much alike in our eyes? So let me set Robert C.'s confusion straight: It was Srisudachan, High Consort of King Chai Raja (the one who previously had the child regent killed), who poisoned her husband in order to install her lover of U-Thang blood on the throne. She is the anti-heroine of the movie. Our real heroine, Suriyothai, who married the Prince of Tien, died with a clear conscience. Full Review »