Captain Corelli's Mandolin
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Captain Corelli's Mandolin
During World War II, an Italian officer, Captain Corelli, is put in command of a garrison that's occupying the Greek island of Cephallonia. After a beautiful local woman's fiance--a fisherman--departs to fight with the Greek army, she falls in love with Corelli who becomes torn between his own love for her and his political allegiances.
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 PenÚlope 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/Vulture
"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,
More reviews for Captain Corelli's Mandolin on Rotten Tomatoes

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