The Count of Monte Cristo
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The Count of Monte Cristo
The classic tale of swashbuckling adventure by the senior Alexandre Dumas comes to the screen in its umpteenth incarnation, this time from Kevin Reynolds, directing his first feature in five years. James Caviezel stars as Edmond Dantes, an honest sailor who plans to marry his beautiful lover Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk). Edmond doesn't know that his best friend Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce) secretly desires Mercedes for himself and schemes with fallen aristocrat Villefort (James Frain) to frame Edmond for a crime he didn't commit. Sentenced to life on the remote island prison of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A preposterous, expansive and self-conscious attempt to resurrect the historical spectacular."
‑ , Time Out
"Old-form moviemaking at its best."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"A thoroughly enjoyable movie for older kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Strong supporting performances, from Harris in particular, help make up for the uneven performances of the two leads ..."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"Dumas Lite: Less filling, still tastes pretty good"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"A big, vacuous, sometimes exciting glamour-puss of a movie."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"There's a thin line between likably old-fashioned and fuddy-duddy, and The Count of Monte Cristo ... never quite settles on either side."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"This is visually stunning and a masterpiece."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"You know you're in for a good ol' popcorn-munching time when the movie's tagline is a bad pun on the title of a piece of fine literature."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Apesar de algumas alterações lamentáveis com relação ao livro de Alexandre Dumas, o filme é interessante e se beneficia das atuações de Caviezel e Pearce."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"All in all, it's a pretty good execution of a story that's a lot richer than the ones Hollywood action screenwriters usually come up with on their own."
‑ Don Irvine, Globe and Mail
"A rousingly old-fashioned swashbuckler with an abundance of vigorous action and nary a trace of wink-wink irony."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Where Gladiator failed to give an adequate sense of how its hero grew and what he learned during his trials. ... Monte Cristo, on the other hand, takes its time."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"While many would rightfully question why there is need for another take on Alexander Dumas' treasure, Reynolds has made a decent job of it."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"...A straightforward and beautifully accoutered period piece, rife with technical authenticity and eye-pleasing production values."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
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