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Tells the story of London-based investigative journalist Robert Torres (Dougray Scott), who visits Spain to research a book about Josemaría Escrivá (Cox), the controversial founder of Opus Dei. But Robert hits a wall, both professionally and personally, when his most promising source-his own father, Manolo Torres (Bentley), turns out to be his least cooperative one. Robert begins to unearth his father's toxic secrets when he learns that Manolo was not only born in the same Spanish town as Josemaría, but that they were childhood friends and attended the same seminary. The two men take… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

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"Joffe, working from his own script, presents the men's lives as evidence of difficult choices, but this pedantic movie is never fully invested in any of them."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Clunk, clunk, squish. That is the sound of the dead language in Roland Joffé's screenplay for "There Be Dragons" as it tramples his would-be epic of the Spanish Civil War into an indigestible pulp."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Unsatisfying, lacking the epic feel it was aiming for, and paid-for image-burnishing for the controversial founder of Opus Dei."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"...whitewashing the origins of the controversial Opus Dei movement, this lesson in unabashed embellishment will fail to excite any but the most starry-eyed Catholic."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Putting aside the many aesthetic problems with this overwrought, over-narrated, and overacted movie, the politics of There Be Dragons make very little sense."
‑ Alonso Duralde,
"Few films about the Spanish Civil War have been any good -- Pan's Labyrinth being the big exception."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"I like grandeur and richly nuanced storytelling. I also like lobster bisque. But I don't want to drink a gallon of it in a single sitting."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Yes, the film looks beautiful. But unfortunately is stumbles over itself too often to fully realize greatness."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"I was looking forward to seeing Wes Bentley on-screen again..Alas, he apparently spent the last decade at the Acting with Your Eyebrows Drama School."
‑ Grae Drake,
"Ponderous, inflated, overstated Spanish Civil War potboiler displays all of director Roland Joffé's worst tendencies to full disadvantage."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Joffé is out of depth when it comes to Escrivá's religious experiences. It's clear he wants the film to show how faith works within us, but he does it by resorting to the most hackneyed imagery."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Even actor's actor Derek Jacobi, as a Jewish factory owner, is wasted in this international muddle of a movie."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Despite its high-mindedness, an almost complete misfire...a lopsided film as well as a turgid, boring one."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"A visually stunning, undeniably intriguing saga about a controversial Catholic saint. Overly earnest at times...but this is still one of the more genuinely spiritual contemporary films to hit the big screen."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"There's an interesting story here, but Joffe never firmly wraps his arms around it."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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