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
    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. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    If this is Dumas, there's a "b" in the middle and an extra "s" at the end.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    A handsome but ho-hum swashbuckler that springs to life only during a few spirited scenes of acrobatic swordplay.
  7. 50
    Its failure to be extraordinary is thus all the more cutting, and its redundancy all the more unforgivable.
  8. Rollicks and rolls, thanks mainly to Roth's over-the-top depravity and Xiong's swingin', "Crouching Tiger"-style choreography.
  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. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    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.
  11. 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.
  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 movie lacks the one thing that the classic "Three Musketeers" story can't do without: panache.
  15. What a stupefying thing it is.
  16. 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.
  17. An example of lazy, dumb and couldn't-care-less hack movie making.
  18. The Musketeer is the worst Hollywood period film in -- it seems like ages since "American Outlaws."
  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

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Jan 3, 2015
    All in all, a decent movie - nothing more flattering can be said about this one, in my opinion. The acting wasn't overly convincing, theAll in all, a decent movie - nothing more flattering can be said about this one, in my opinion. The acting wasn't overly convincing, the characters were smug and full of themselves (especially the young D'Artagnan), there was no real character introductions made at any point - I could tell who was whom since I've seen other, better musketeer movies. There was no real character development either, and the plot wasn't strong enough to offer anything but a stale movie. The action sequences were flashy - maybe too so (they stood out painfully, if one stopped to think of them for too long). Spiced up with witty comments that were too cliché to lure out more than a yawn, it seemed that this movie was made just for the sake of *making* it. Full Review »
  2. Zal
    Jan 11, 2012
    Incredible action scenes aside, there is really nothing to like about this movie. Even with Stephen Rea and Tim Roth as the villains, thisIncredible 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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  3. ShaneS.
    Sep 24, 2005
    I loved this movie. If you no anything about France during the 17th century you would love this movie.