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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. ChadS.
    Aug 9, 2003
    5
    Suriyothai must be on the cutting room floor because there's not enough of her in this truncated version to care if she lives or dies during the final set piece. Yes, the elephants are real, more real than the actors. The difference between young Suriyothai and old Suriyothai is that her smile loses its beatific quality. The elephants are fun to gawk at but they take you out of the Suriyothai must be on the cutting room floor because there's not enough of her in this truncated version to care if she lives or dies during the final set piece. Yes, the elephants are real, more real than the actors. The difference between young Suriyothai and old Suriyothai is that her smile loses its beatific quality. The elephants are fun to gawk at but they take you out of the movie. (1. You wonder if the elephants are properly tranquilized as the charges go off around them. 2. You can't hurt the elephants.) The Burmese army must be a pretty inept outfit if they can't hit a target, yes, the size of an elephant. But a second-rate epic is better than no epic at all. Worth a look. Expand
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58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. It's more interesting than it sounds. Besides the sheer spectacle, which is notable.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    The movie is both stunning on the level of visual pageantry and curiously inert as cinema.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    88
    Fun, fun, fun. [July/Aug 2003, p.26]