The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
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Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
In the 15th century, France is mired in the 100 Years War when a humble voice appears, claiming to have been instructed by the Lord to lead the French army into battle and defend their land against the British. The voice belongs to Jeanne d'Aragon, a teenage girl from a tiny village, and, to the surprise of many, her story does not fall on deaf ears. Wearing the armor of a soldier, the girl known as Joan of Arc leads the French troops in what she believes is a holy battle. Joan would soon be tried for heresy for her actions, but history would vindicate her with sainthood. The Messenger:… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

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"Both visually spectacular and staggeringly awful."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Besson seems to have no sense that Joan herself was giving a performance."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Makes precious little sense."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"I know less about Joan of Arc now than I did going into the film."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"It's bad history and bad filmmaking."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"The lack of a plausible leading lady is enough to sink what is otherwise an eye-catching, although heavily '90s-style, telling of one of history's most frequently filmed stories."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Jovovich brings an intensity to the role well-matched to Besson's stylistic energy, though this comic-bookish take on Jeanne D'Arc won't be winning any historical-society awards. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"This unusual French interpretation of Joan of Arc sees her as a radical zealot like John Brown."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"In Luc Besson's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, little is compelling, explained or even interesting."
‑ Sandra Ramani, Citysearch
"Poorly conceived."
‑ Neil Kendricks, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Half-baked."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Impressive to look at, but in the end, it just doesn't ring true."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Girlfriend was a few fries short of a happy meal."
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
"The ludicrous casting of Hoffman is just the fatal bit of kindling on this Joan's fire."
‑ Andy Klein, New Times
"Jovovich is not capable of bringing to the screen such a complicated person."
‑ Victoria Alexander, FilmsInReview.com
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