Day of the Falcon
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Starring Antonio Banderas (Desperado), Mark Strong (Zero Dark Thirty), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Tahar Rahim (The Eagle), Day of the Falcon is a soaring epic of honor, greed, betrayal and love from award-winning director Jean-Jacques Annaud (Enemy at the Gates). After years of bloody conflict, the leaders of two rival kingdoms reluctantly agree to end the fighting. But when oil is discovered between their territories, the war is re-ignited. Now it is up to their children - young lovers who have married in hopes of bringing the families together - to find a way to end the violence… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A far, far cry from "Lawrence of Arabia," but it has its diversions."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"There's an enormous amount of perverse pleasure to be had here for those who get off on the annihilation of nuance."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"At 130 minutes, Black Gold does outstay its welcome with too many confused or aborted storylines."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"A contemporary Lawrence of Arabia ... it is not because it's not beating with any passionate heart ..."
‑ Lisa Giles-Keddie,
"The clumsy script never really delivers epic drama. Great action scenes, though."
‑ Mark Adams, Daily Mirror [UK]
"A movie that's fascinating in many respects, but doesn't really work as the lavish entertainment intended."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Pedestrian storytelling and clunky dialogue leaves this would-be epic drama about a power struggle between feuding kingdoms in soon-to-be-oil-rich 1920s Arabia bogged down in the sand"
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"'Is there a greater curse than to be a poor king?' Nesib asks sadly early on. Yes: letting a potentially great story slide away into mediocrity."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"It's all very glossy, yet remains an emotionally arid affair."
‑ Stella Papamichael, Radio Times
"It would be easy to laugh off if it wasn't so clearly a comment on historical reality."
‑ Alex Zane, Sun Online
"This ambitious desert epic may be a bit slow and confusing at the beginning, but I found the exciting second half of the movie worth waiting for."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"While a plot contrivance late in the day ensures that an opportunity for a climactic battle sequence is not wasted, the film is not really an action epic, but a sweeping story about belief sets in the Arab world."
‑ Martin Roberts, Fan The Fire
"It's a tepid, timid affair, sexually, dramatically and politically."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The real problem is that Black Gold is rather dull, and much too long for comfort."
‑ , This is London
"It might look good but it's an anachronism that totally loses its way in the desert. Given the director's enthusiasm, Black Gold should have sparkled."
‑ , Film4
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