The Majestic

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. ChadS.
    Dec 30, 2001
    5
    This palmprint left indelible on my forehead came about when Carrey's Peter Appleton started quoting from our constitution in a quaint courtroom scene that teeters awfully close towards Capra parody when Darabont's homage gets too cloying.
  2. MattA.
    May 20, 2003
    4
    It was a decent premise, but the movie was too in love with itself to play out nicely.
  3. TheDawnOfGilbertMulroneycakes
    Jul 23, 2003
    6
    Not actually as bad as it's been painted, and certainly not deserving of a place in the all-time low scores list, but it is far too - as your actual Matt A pointed out - in love with itself. The whole Really Big ethos of Darabont's looked dangerously like collapsing under its own weight in Green Mile, and it finally does so here. Enjoyable enough; but it does make unnecessarily Not actually as bad as it's been painted, and certainly not deserving of a place in the all-time low scores list, but it is far too - as your actual Matt A pointed out - in love with itself. The whole Really Big ethos of Darabont's looked dangerously like collapsing under its own weight in Green Mile, and it finally does so here. Enjoyable enough; but it does make unnecessarily hard work of a simple premise. Expand
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.