Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
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  1. A mediocre production that nevertheless will strike a deep and resonant chord with viewers.
  2. 60
    This is solid entertainment, and the time Caviezel and Pearce spent training for their sword fights pays off handsomely.
  3. The film's resolute indifference to fashion makes it, perhaps paradoxically, a refreshing piece of old-style entertainment, accompanied by a whooshing, trembling score by Edward Shearmur.
  4. With more buckling than swash, The Count of Monte Cristo is a good-looking, poorly acted washout.
  5. James Caviezel makes us care more about that innocent romantic, Edmond Dantes, than we may care to care about the rest of the picture, which entertains in fits and starts, with startling ruptures in tone.
  6. 50
    This latest version, made with the MTV generation in mind, is arguably the least impressive of the filmed Counts.
  7. This seems to be a movie made by people who love the old classic movie swashbucklers but don't have a clue how to make or modernize them.
  8. In the end, it's a film so short on style and verve it feels lifeless; audiences might feel imprisoned in the Château d'If, praying for escape or quick death. Thankfully, one need not tunnel out of a movie theater.
  9. Revenge may be sweet, but this is one "Monte Cristo" that leaves a sour taste.
  10. 40
    More fun than Peter Hyams' "The Musketeer," and somewhat less so than "The Man in the Iron Mask," this is middling Dumas all the way.
  11. Reviewed by: Jeff Stark
    40
    To say the film doesn't quite recapture the thrill of the novel is like saying that soda pop doesn't really have the same kick as heroin.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 125 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Mar 26, 2011
    10
    An epic tale of adventure, betrayal, love and revenge. There really is something here for everyone. Jim Caviezel, one of the most underratedAn epic tale of adventure, betrayal, love and revenge. There really is something here for everyone. Jim Caviezel, one of the most underrated actors of the past decade, delivered a superb performance in this film. This is my favorite movie of all time, so pardon the perfect score. Full Review »
  2. Aug 22, 2010
    9
    This movie is so old-school and adventure it actually feels like a real adventure movie unlike some of the knockoffs today. Also, any movieThis movie is so old-school and adventure it actually feels like a real adventure movie unlike some of the knockoffs today. Also, any movie with good sword-fighting in it has to be good. Full Review »
  3. Oct 1, 2011
    6
    Bah, "The Count of Monte Cristo" is a movie that displays a violent tale of revenge into a ridiculously cheesy one. However I'll give creditBah, "The Count of Monte Cristo" is a movie that displays a violent tale of revenge into a ridiculously cheesy one. However I'll give credit for the excellent cinematography. Full Review »