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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. RobertS.
    Jun 30, 2003
    10
    A visually rich film of stunning beauty and exotic characters. Mesmerizing.
  2. SUPOTE
    Aug 7, 2003
    9
    Very best thai film that I ever seen.
  3. RobertC.
    Jul 4, 2003
    7
    For your few bucks spent on a ticket you certainly get your money's worth here. A splendidly mounted production offering a detailed view of a turbulent period in the history of a colorful country. HOWEVER - the ugly skeletons which are unstintingly yanked from this royal family's closet are such that most families would strive to keep hidden. Murdering children - "Mommy, For your few bucks spent on a ticket you certainly get your money's worth here. A splendidly mounted production offering a detailed view of a turbulent period in the history of a colorful country. HOWEVER - the ugly skeletons which are unstintingly yanked from this royal family's closet are such that most families would strive to keep hidden. Murdering children - "Mommy, I'm scared - where are you?" as a covering is draped over a tiny prince's head and the executioner does a slow and elaborate approach with his huge "snicker-snee" of a sword. A heroine who poisons her loving husband, then sentences numerous innocents to torture and death as a coverup, and taunts her mate as he dies. A valiant death in battle is apparently expected to atone for her guilt. Well, I guess it has all been historically par for the course in ruling families worldwide. But, when being videotaped for a brief comment upon exiting the theatre I was so bedazzled (and not easily so, being a retired film editor) by the panoply of extraordinary battle scenes I gave what was wanted, a very favorable few words, taking all of the seconds allotted to me. This is the rest of my reaction. Expand
  4. 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 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 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. Expand
  5. PrateekG.
    Feb 25, 2005
    7
    The only Thai movie that I have seen is Anna and the King so I appreciated the glimpse I received into Thailand via this movie. I agree with some of the professional reviewers when they say that the movie seems disjointed. I did not know that it was cut down from a much longer version. At many points it was difficult to tell who was who. The story was interesting enough to hold my The only Thai movie that I have seen is Anna and the King so I appreciated the glimpse I received into Thailand via this movie. I agree with some of the professional reviewers when they say that the movie seems disjointed. I did not know that it was cut down from a much longer version. At many points it was difficult to tell who was who. The story was interesting enough to hold my attention in spite of the editing. Collapse
  6. 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 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 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. Expand
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
  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]