Christopher Columbus: The Discovery
Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)

John Glen directed this throwback to the costume dramas of the 1930s and 1940s, but without a smidgen of their energy and verve. George Corraface plays Christopher Columbus as a dynamic and muscular comic-book hero. He has a dream to set… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 21, 1992
DVD Release Date: January 6, 1993
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Consensus: Ironically, for a biopic about a voyage many associate with people accepting that the world is round, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery falls completely flat.

Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

It's not politically correct. It's also not cinematically correct, humanly correct or historically correct.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

The film benefits greatly from the use of three totally authentic ship replicas, but the real thing -- as presented in the PBS series about Columbus -- is still much more inspiring.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Dry as an outdated textbook, scintillating as the droning of your worst schoolteacher, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery is a colossal disaster.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Released in 1,492 theaters on Friday, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery should be gone from most of them faster than you can hoist the mainsails and shiver your timbers.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

George Corraface would look more comfortable in a Calvin Klein underwear ad than at the helm of a ship.

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TV Guide

This daft biographical epic reveals that the Europeans came West in search of many things: a new trade route to India and China; new souls to be converted to Christianity; new sources of gold; and new girlfriends with larger breasts.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Cast in the title role is George Corraface, whose credits include Not Without My Daughter and Impromptu. Does he overact? Let's just say that I think I heard him frown.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Christopher Columbus: The Discovery lacks even the misplaced energy of a camp folly. It's limp and exhausted -- a bloodless swashbuckler.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Most of the picture is so hilariously Hollywooden that nobody could mistake it for real history.

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