Metascore
27

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 23
  2. Negative: 14 out of 23
  1. For his robust and handsome The Musketeer, Hyams enlisted veteran Hong Kong stunt coordinator Xin-Xin Xiong to stage a clutch of spectacular action sequences that are amusing in the imaginative intricacy of their bravura.
  2. 63
    I cannot in strict accuracy recommend this film. It's such a jumble of action and motivation, ill-defined characters and action howlers.
  3. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    60
    Quite handsomely produced, and there's a definite swashbuckling verve to it. Most of the characters have been contemporized, but the actors are engaging.
  4. 50
    Its failure to be extraordinary is thus all the more cutting, and its redundancy all the more unforgivable.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    If this is Dumas, there's a "b" in the middle and an extra "s" at the end.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    50
    A handsome but ho-hum swashbuckler that springs to life only during a few spirited scenes of acrobatic swordplay.
  7. Rollicks and rolls, thanks mainly to Roth's over-the-top depravity and Xiong's swingin', "Crouching Tiger"-style choreography.
  8. Moves in fits and starts, with some crafty and credible fight choreography by Xin Xin Xiong on either side of the pretty but boring middle hour.
  9. 40
    The novelty value of seeing 17th-century French swordsmen fight like Chinese martial artists doesn't compensate for the film's generally wooden performances and clichéd dialogue.
  10. A grotesque slumgullion of kung fu, studio schlock and pseudo-Dumas swashbuckling that leaves you longing for Doug Fairbanks --or even Don Ameche and The Ritz Brothers.
  11. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    38
    The images are pretty, and Gene Quintano's screenplay gets everybody from point A to point B, though with no discernible knack for wit or subtlety.
  12. 30
    East/West fusion aside, The Musketeer is a stale Euro-pudding.
  13. Dramatically as well as visually, The Musketeer conflicts with itself by trying to blend grand old- school costume drama and MTV- style rhythm and attitude into the same movie. The juxtapositions are often preposterous.
  14. The Musketeer is the worst Hollywood period film in -- it seems like ages since "American Outlaws."
  15. An example of lazy, dumb and couldn't-care-less hack movie making.
  16. What a stupefying thing it is.
  17. The movie lacks the one thing that the classic "Three Musketeers" story can't do without: panache.
  18. 25
    Musketeer's fight scenes are underlit, overmiked, and appallingly edited, with none of the spacious grace that even routine Asian action flicks get right. Worse, the narrative scenes make less sense.
  19. 20
    Hyams ("End of Days," "Timecop"), who is his own cinematographer, has no idea how to shoot or compose Xiong's wired choreography.
  20. 10
    There isn't a frame of The Musketeer that's believable even as a Hollywood re-creation of a fantasy world. It's conventionally picturesque, except in the nighttime and interior scenes, which are dark to the point of glaucoma.
  21. Has the distinction of being the very worst of all the many film versions of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel, "The Three Musketeers." Nothing else in Musketeer movie history comes even remotely close to its staggering wretchedness.
User Score
4.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Zal
    Jan 11, 2012
    4
    Incredible action scenes aside, there is really nothing to like about this movie. Even with Stephen Rea and Tim Roth as the villains, this film is still bad. But damn it, these action scenes are SO GOOD! And that is the only reason why anyone in their right mind should watch it.
    Honestly, I'm not big on action films unless the action is interesting and creative. The Musketeer has some of the most creative and well choreographed fight scenes I have seen in a long time. If they put half as much effort into telling a good story, this might have been a good film.
    This film would normally get a 1 but the great action brings it up to a 4.
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  2. ShaneS.
    Sep 24, 2005
    10
    I loved this movie. If you no anything about France during the 17th century you would love this movie.