Captain Corelli's Mandolin
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Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Louis de Bernières' best-selling novel of love during wartime is brought to the screen in this story that blends comedy, action, and romance. In 1940, war rages throughout Europe, but the fighting has yet to arrive on the Greek island of Cephallonia, where life continues to follow its own slow, deliberate path until word arrives that Italian troops have invaded neighboring Albania. A wave of anti-Axis patriotism sweeps the island, and Mandras (Christian Bale), a local fisherman, is one of a handful of men who volunteer for the army, leaving behind his aging mother (Irene Papas) and the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Strikes too many false notes on the dramatic side to add up to a satisfying emotional experience."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Cage's ancestors may have come from the Old Country, but he's no more Italian than Franco-American SpaghettiOs."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz are ill-matched, and the range of heavy accents is distracting."
‑ , Film4
"Gorgeous to look at and well-played, it's definitely watchable, yet strangely uninvolving."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Here's a film with all the right ingredients which somehow manages to taste bland as a hell."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"The film's perfectly watchable, but it's never more than that."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The movie's craft is dead and dutiful. It's an Oscar machine."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"A romance as spectacular as this novel is, it still has a difficult job making the leap to the screen."
‑ Jim Shelby, Palo Alto Weekly
"A lot of talent was squandered on this incoherent grab bag of war-movie moments."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"The stunning look of this film took my breath away and overcame its shortcomings for me."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The movie duplicates exactly my experience with the book, although I must say I was thankful to be spared serial outbreaks of hearty Greek dancing."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"Based on an actual Greek tragedy of epic proportions, which inspired a novel by Louis de Bernieres, Captain Corelli's Mandolin has finally been adapted to the big screen, with largely positive results."
‑ Paul Clinton (,
"...Touching and at the same time brutal, brimming with the emotional conflict that surges within its characters."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"A historical drama that simply fails to make convincing human connections."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Yet another WWII love triangle that suffers from bad acting, but looks great!"
‑ Paul Salfen,
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