1492: Conquest of Paradise
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This, the second of 1992's 500th anniversary Christopher Columbus films (the first being Warner Bros. Christopher Columbus: The Discovery), adheres to the historical facts of Columbus's (Gerard Depardieu) possessed quest to discover the New World, and his solicitation of Queen Isabella (Sigourney Weaver) to gain the necessary funding. Despite travelogue-quality footage replete with beautiful scenery of Caribbean islands and a massive cast, this film tends to plod along with too predictable a plot and a mis-cast Columbus. Depardieu -- a very capable French actor speaking English and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Here's a one-word review of 1492: hubris."
‑ Jack Kroll, Newsweek
"Over-ambitious but still utterly beautiful"
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
"Gorgeous to look at and frequently quite compelling ... but, obviously, not without some big gaping flaws."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"An uneven film and overlong, but not without some merit."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Misses the mark by an entire continent."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"The moments when it approaches greatness only make its shortcomings that much more transparent."
‑ Andrew Howe, eFilmCritic.com
"Not quite sure why this one tanked as badly as it did; I thought it was gorgeously realized, myself."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"This is one Columbus who should have stayed at home. A real loser."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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