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  • Summary: As young girl in the 15th century, Joan (Jovovich) receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. Such a sour, mindlessly inflated experience that seeing it may temporarily put you off historical movies.
  2. 70
    Inexplicable as it is, the Joan of Arc story encourages contemplation of ourselves as a species. The Messenger is more apt to prompt meditation on the nature of show business.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    70
    A lively, nutty film, one full of clumsy, clanging battles filmed by the gifted, eccentric Besson with bloody brio.
  4. 50
    May be the grandest looking film ever made on the subject, but it lacks the most essential element of all: passion.
  5. Besson is unable to weave the comic scenes together with the serious gory ones, so both seem increasingly jarring and unbelievable.
  6. By casting model-turned-actress (and his now-estranged wife) Milla Jovovich as the Maid of Orleans, Besson gives us an over-amped spectacle with an annoying, sometimes ridiculous cipher at its heart.
  7. Isn't some sober history lesson that bogs down in long speeches and tedious facts. It's about style, it's about fashion, it's about rock 'n' roll busting out in medieval France.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 5 out of 8