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6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 9 out of 25

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  1. L.Fas
    Jul 1, 2002
    7
    I liked the action and the filming. I did not like the silly church scene drinking the wine. Hoffman was a dud I thought Joan was played well. She seemed simple and naive. She yelled and screamed, but I think that is how she probably was. The spiritual aspect was subtle The final torch scene was filmed very well.
  2. AmberM.
    Jan 21, 2002
    10
    Joan of Arc is the essence of feminism and The Messenger graphically portrays this strength and is unbiased in it's attempted explanation of her motivation.
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. Besson is unable to weave the comic scenes together with the serious gory ones, so both seem increasingly jarring and unbelievable.
  2. 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.
  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.