Christopher Columbus: The Discovery
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Christopher Columbus: The Discovery
John Glen directed this throwback to the costume dramas of the 1930s and 1940s, but without a smidgen of their energy and verve. George Corraface plays Christopher Columbus as a dynamic and muscular comic-book hero. He has a dream to set sail to find a new passageway to India, but he needs the backing of the Spanish government to do it. First, he must undergo a grilling by Tomas de Torquemada (Marlon Brando in, hands down, his worst performance). After passing muster with Torquemada, he gets the blessing of Queen Isabella (Rachel Ward) and King Ferdinand (Tom Selleck). Columbus then sets sail… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 7%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's not politically correct. It's also not cinematically correct, humanly correct or historically correct."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"The film benefits greatly from the use of three totally authentic ship replicas, but the real thing -- as presented in the PBS series about Columbus -- is still much more inspiring."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Dry as an outdated textbook, scintillating as the droning of your worst schoolteacher, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery is a colossal disaster."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"All right, maybe the world isn't flat. But this listless historical epic sure is."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"The drama never catches fire, cycling through the same beats of uncertainty and blame to a point of screen stasis. The opening driving montage of Manos: The Hands of Fate has more of a filmmaking zip."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Released in 1,492 theaters on Friday, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery should be gone from most of them faster than you can hoist the mainsails and shiver your timbers."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"George Corraface would look more comfortable in a Calvin Klein underwear ad than at the helm of a ship."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"This daft biographical epic reveals that the Europeans came West in search of many things: a new trade route to India and China; new souls to be converted to Christianity; new sources of gold; and new girlfriends with larger breasts."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This is not so much a milestone to mark the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America as a millstone round the neck of nearly everyone connected with it."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"As a historical epic or even a gung-ho action romp, this displays little taste or spectacle and feels more interminable than Columbus' original voyage."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Cast in the title role is George Corraface, whose credits include Not Without My Daughter and Impromptu. Does he overact? Let's just say that I think I heard him frown."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Christopher Columbus: The Discovery lacks even the misplaced energy of a camp folly. It's limp and exhausted -- a bloodless swashbuckler."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Most of the picture is so hilariously Hollywooden that nobody could mistake it for real history."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Seeming to last somewhat longer than Columbus's original journey across the Atlantic, this dull and unintentionally funny turkey is best left to chronic insomniacs."
‑ , Film4
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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