Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

During World War II, an Italian officer, Captain Corelli, is put in command of a garrison that's occupying the Greek island of Cephallonia. After a beautiful local woman's fiance--a fisherman--departs to fight with the Greek army,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 17, 2001
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2002
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The cinematography is gorgeous, but the movie plays it fast and loose with history and the novel it was adapted from. Mostly, the movie fails because the romance between the leads strains credulity and the story is largely uninvolving.

Derek Elley

Strikes too many false notes on the dramatic side to add up to a satisfying emotional experience.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Cage's ancestors may have come from the Old Country, but he's no more Italian than Franco-American SpaghettiOs.


Nicolas Cage and PenÚlope Cruz are ill-matched, and the range of heavy accents is distracting.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The film's perfectly watchable, but it's never more than that.

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Charles Taylor

The movie's craft is dead and dutiful. It's an Oscar machine.

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Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly

A romance as spectacular as this novel is, it still has a difficult job making the leap to the screen.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

The movie duplicates exactly my experience with the book, although I must say I was thankful to be spared serial outbreaks of hearty Greek dancing.

Paul Clinton (

Based on an actual Greek tragedy of epic proportions, which inspired a novel by Louis de Bernieres, Captain Corelli's Mandolin has finally been adapted to the big screen, with largely positive results.

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John R. McEwen
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...Touching and at the same time brutal, brimming with the emotional conflict that surges within its characters.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Nate Zoebl
[font=Arial][color=darkred]Guy Madden you sly dog. I don't know how you do it but somehow you manage to get an accredited actress to take off her clothes… More
Film Crazy
IVE SEEN THIS lol i like this movie i think its a nice enough war love story thats cute and keeps you interested!
Jim Hunter
An Italian officer occupies a Greek home during WWII and falls for the daughter of a local doctor. This film adaptation of a decent novel includes only what is… More
Wahida K
Brilliant! Once the film warms up beyond the opening sequence this film keep you focused on it.
Christian C
Nicolas Cage ruins yet another movie that might have been good.
Ross Collins
Essentially "The English Patient" set on a Greek Island. It has all the same ingredients, but isn't quite such a powerful movie and the… More

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