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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. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    The lack of a plausible leading lady is enough to sink what is otherwise an eye-catching, although heavily '90s-style, telling of one of history's most frequently filmed stories.
  3. 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.
  4. 50
    The ludicrous casting of Hoffman is just the fatal bit of kindling on this Joan's fire.
  5. 50
    The movie is a mess: a gassy costume epic with nobody at the center.
  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