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  • Starring: ,
  • Summary: Alexandre Dumas's classic story of an innocent man wrongly but deliberately imprisoned and his brilliant strategy for revenge against those who betrayed him. (Touchstone Pictures)
  • Director: Kevin Reynolds
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, Romance, Crime
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 131 min
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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. 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.
  3. This delicious adventure of crude betrayal and elegant revenge is yummy even when reheated by director Kevin Reynolds.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. 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. Expand
  2. 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. Expand
  3. 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. Expand

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