There Be Dragons
There Be Dragons (2011)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 6, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 10, 2012
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Critic Score: 13% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Sr. Rose Pacatte
National Catholic Reporter

The cinematography is gorgeous, the art direction excellent, and the historical sequences, including the battle scenes, seem quite authentic. The visual parallel narrative structure, the subtleness of the religious imagery, works well.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Few films about the Spanish Civil War have been any good -- Pan's Labyrinth being the big exception.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

Unsatisfying, lacking the epic feel it was aiming for, and paid-for image-burnishing for the controversial founder of Opus Dei.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Even actor's actor Derek Jacobi, as a Jewish factory owner, is wasted in this international muddle of a movie.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Yes, the film looks beautiful. But unfortunately is stumbles over itself too often to fully realize greatness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
This movie had great potential, but I think that it must have suffered from poor editing. Visually speaking, it was very good...but, that wasn't enough to… More
Walter M.
In 1982, Roberto Torres(Dougray Scott) returns to his native Madrid to research a book about Josemaria Escriva(Charlie Cox). Luckily for Roberto, his father… More
Jeffrey Meyers
A great visual style, as you would expect from Roland Joffeâ(TM), but it ultimately lacks the narrative power of his better works, notably The Killing Fields.… More