User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 50
  2. Negative: 5 out of 50
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  1. DudeRockstar
    Aug 18, 2003
    0
    Too long. Too cliched. Too predictable. Did I mention, "Too long?" There were so many ways the plot could have been resolved. I turned to my wife at one point and said, "Maybe it would be cool if the REAL Luke was on the train at the end and everyone mistook HIM for Peter Appleton." My wife laughed and said, "It would have been funny if Luke's dying dad had said, 'Luke, I'm Too long. Too cliched. Too predictable. Did I mention, "Too long?" There were so many ways the plot could have been resolved. I turned to my wife at one point and said, "Maybe it would be cool if the REAL Luke was on the train at the end and everyone mistook HIM for Peter Appleton." My wife laughed and said, "It would have been funny if Luke's dying dad had said, 'Luke, I'm NOT your father!'" Uh, this movie was just plain misguided. Expand
  2. ChrisH.
    Dec 6, 2002
    0
    All I had to say was, "Dude, can I get my money back??"
  3. LaurenceC.
    Jul 21, 2002
    1
    So bad I could hardly believe it.
Metascore
27

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 30
  2. Negative: 17 out of 30
  1. 88
    It tells a full story with three acts, it introduces characters we get to know and care about, and it has something it passionately wants to say.
  2. Maybe this well-loved Luke is who his neighbors want him to be, a good fellow who, with his father, reopens the old movie house in town -- the Majestic -- thus allowing his neighbors to dream in the dark again.
  3. The Majestic isn't. Rather it's "The Film That Wasn't There," a derivative, self-satisfied fable that couldn't be more treacly and simple-minded if it tried. And it tries, oh, how it tries.