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  • Summary: This murder mystery, set in the Middle Ages, is steeped in moral dilemmas about the power of art, the temptations of evil and the search for justice that continue to haunt us in modern times. (Paramount Classics)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. This is a brilliant and unpretentious movie to raise the bar for contemporary popular entertainment, designed for the upper-tier thinkers at the multiplex.
  2. It's made with seriousness, intelligence and craft, and filmgoers who aren't put off by the slow pace of life in 1380 should see it.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    70
    Intelligent thriller.
  4. 50
    McGuigan's wonderfully ambitious but terribly melodramatic film is chock-full of symbolic references, subtext, and the sort of period detail that made Monty Python's historical comedies so gamely endearing.
  5. The story never gathers much dramatic momentum despite an impressive cast and a lot of dank Middle Ages atmosphere.
  6. 50
    The movie has none of the embarrassing absurdity and cheap effects that made last year's trip back to the 14th century, "Timeline,'' such a joke. We should be so lucky. Instead, we get a listless avenger drama.
  7. Although the acting is committed and sometimes stirring, most of the characters are about as one-note as the biblical archetypes Martin wants to get away from in the first place. "The Name of the Rose" this ain't.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Apr 5, 2012
    7
    I did enjoy this movie. I don't think is an excellent film, but I don't think is bad. It is different and I like the fact that is not focusedI did enjoy this movie. I don't think is an excellent film, but I don't think is bad. It is different and I like the fact that is not focused on the stereotypical image of 'the warrior' but if these guys are 'warriors' I like the fact that their swords are not literal, but their swords is their art!. Great performances of Dafoe, Bethany, and I loved seeing Vincent Cassel in that role, too! Give this film a chance! It is not overly famous, but should have more credit! To me this film is underrated while many other movies that shouldn't have a high score, have it. I usually review only those movies that I think they are either very good or very bad... or those that, even though they are not masterpieces, in my opinion are rated unfairly and need some support (i.e this one). If you like this one, show your support to it too! Expand
  2. RichardG.
    Mar 21, 2004
    6
    Good Movie, very watchable, but the movie forces some issues on the views. Issues such as, actors are "done wrong" in the middle ages and Good Movie, very watchable, but the movie forces some issues on the views. Issues such as, actors are "done wrong" in the middle ages and Good will prevail. There are many holes in this movie, MANY. and many BIG movie mistakes especially at the end when the protagonist confronts Degese. This is a very good story though, and if this movie was in the hands of a better director it could be a very good feature film. Expand

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