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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: 37 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  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. PaulS.
    May 21, 2006
    Simply one of the most well-done films of all time. Well-acted, with a great storyline. Very well done.
  3. TarynN
    Oct 25, 2006
    This is my FAVOURITE movie of all time.
  4. AndiB.
    Feb 26, 2007
    Kept me on the edge of my seat and a dashing performance by Caviezel and Pearce. Want to see more of Caviezel. This is one I will buy for my library.
  5. 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
  6. PatrickI.
    Feb 15, 2009
    The Count of Monte Cristo is an excellent piece of work, even though it doesn't follow the book as does the Gerard Depardieu version. The movie is quite one of the best dramas of the 2000's. Enjoyed very much! Expand
  7. Jul 29, 2014
    "The Count of Monte Cristo" is easy to like. An accomplished piece of cinematography, and a strong adaptation of Dumas's novel. Caviezel's portrayal of Dantes is undeniably a decent one. While it may not be the classic someone might expect, it is an enjoyable adventure that keeps its audience thrilled through its unevenly bland ending. Expand

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