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: November 12, 1999
DVD 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.

Sean P. Means

While The Messenger feeds our appetite for visual panache, it starves the soul.

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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Todd McCarthy

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.

Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

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

Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

It's hard to recommend it to people who like action and blood because of all the talking; and, because of all the blood, it's hard to recommend it to those who might be interested in the talk.

Peter Brunette

Fails on nearly every count.

Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Makes precious little sense.

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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.
Kevin M. Williams
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.
Lady D'arbanville
This amazing epic length tale of Joan of Arc requires patience and concentration. For those of you who like battle sense there are a fair few to enjoy.… More