Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. 100
    Utterly thrilling and enthralling, a commercial film that paces itself wonderfully, never allowing the action or romance to outweigh its story and characters. For mainstream adventure fare, that's quite an accomplishment.
  2. That tale gets a first-class Hallmark Hall of Fame treatment in Kevin Reynolds's swaggering The Count of Monte Cristo, which is old-form moviemaking at its best.
  3. 80
    Reynolds, working in close harmony with cinematographer Andrew Dunn (Gosford Park), brings an infectious brio and an occasional sweeping grace to the classic trappings of Dumas.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    A lavishly mounted and appealingly old-fashioned swashbuckler with nary a trace of wink-wink irony or revisionist embellishment.
  5. 80
    It's a heady mix of the earnest, the grave, and the frivolous. Wizardly director Kevin Reynolds even manages to condense into a single shot, with a wisp of humor, several of the hero’s long years in a dungeon without making them any less grueling.
  6. 75
    This is the kind of adventure picture the studios churned out in the Golden Age -- so traditional it almost feels new.
  7. Sail to the box office, swashbucklers. Dumas is back in style.
  8. 75
    An exhilarating visualization of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel of betrayal and vengeance.
  9. This delicious adventure of crude betrayal and elegant revenge is yummy even when reheated by director Kevin Reynolds.
  10. The stuff of high romance, brought off with considerable wit, too. People are going to love it.
  11. 75
    Performances by Jim Caviezel and Richard Harris make this a great adventure.
  12. It pays homage to the genre's most glorious days.
  13. 70
    The film tells an engaging swashbuckler on its own terms, and that's what director Kevin Reynolds has done with this old-fashioned romp of revenge.
  14. 70
    The new Count moves with the smooth, plastic efficiency of a TV miniseries. Inspiration and originality may be in short supply, but the movie gets the job done.
  15. 70
    While fleeting moments from Pearce and Luis Guzmán (as Caviezel's loyal servant) suggest the film might have been even more fun had they been allowed to loosen up a bit, the finished product still offers little cause for complaint.
  16. 70
    The week's guilty pleasure is The Count of Monte Cristo, a gorgeously photographed, sumptuously designed adaptation of the Dumas swashbuckler boasting the most ludicrous dialogue since director Kevin Reynolds's "Waterworld."
  17. The best thing in The Count of Monte Cristo is Guy Pearce's snot-nosed hauteur. He gives this scoundrel some wounded edges, and frills as well.
  18. As a revenge thriller, the movie is serviceable, but it doesn't really deliver the delicious guilty pleasure of the better film versions.
  19. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    For younger audiences drawn by the attractive actors, this might be their introduction to the Dumas epic. At least it's an effective and rousing version.
  20. 63
    Wolpert and Reynolds seem to be aiming for the ''Titantic'' audience at the expense of sophistication and historical relevance. It's too bad. The able cast, not to mention Alexandre Dumas, deserves better.
  21. Reviewed by: Don Irvine
    The story stands up pretty well for a movie that's about 20 minutes longer than it ought to be, and has few of the action-beats that action-film audiences have grown accustomed to.
  22. 60
    This is solid entertainment, and the time Caviezel and Pearce spent training for their sword fights pays off handsomely.
  23. 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.
  24. A mediocre production that nevertheless will strike a deep and resonant chord with viewers.
  25. 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.
  26. With more buckling than swash, The Count of Monte Cristo is a good-looking, poorly acted washout.
  27. 50
    This latest version, made with the MTV generation in mind, is arguably the least impressive of the filmed Counts.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. Reviewed by: Jeff Stark
    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.
  32. Revenge may be sweet, but this is one "Monte Cristo" that leaves a sour taste.
  33. 38
    This is the time of the year movie studios traditionally dump their mistakes into theaters -- and boy, did Disney make a whopper with The Count of Monte Cristo.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 103 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Aug 22, 2010
    This 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 »
  2. Oct 1, 2011
    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 credit for the excellent cinematography. Full Review »
  3. Mar 26, 2011
    An 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 »