The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)

In 1429, a teenage girl from a remote village stood before the world and announced she would defeat the world's greatest army and liberate her country. In began as a small voice in the heart of a simple girl... but the voice grew… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 30, 2001
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The heavy-handed narrative collapses under its own weight.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Both visually spectacular and staggeringly awful.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Besson seems to have no sense that Joan herself was giving a performance.

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Makes precious little sense.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

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.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

This unusual French interpretation of Joan of Arc sees her as a radical zealot like John Brown.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Half-baked.

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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Impressive to look at, but in the end, it just doesn't ring true.

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Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review

Girlfriend was a few fries short of a happy meal.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Luc Besson's The Messenger is a fairly underrated dramatic action film about Joan of Arc. Although not perfect, I found this one to be much better than… More
Leigh Ryan
I think they did a pretty good job of telling the true story. Milla did a great job and the cast was phenominal.
Apeneck Fletcher
When Joan walks into the royal court for the first time to plead her cause, to free France of English poachers, they are already whispering about the peasant… More
Curtis Lilly
Not bad. Seems to check out historically, and there was plenty of good action and decapitation for the whole family. The only parts that I don't really… More
Tim Salmons
Luc Besson's mad tale is more of a visual experience than a story.
Anthony Lawrie
With a great cast and a great script, Besson's adaptation of the classic story is faithfully brought to life in what is, an unfairly underrated film.

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