Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Such a sour, mindlessly inflated experience that seeing it may temporarily put you off historical movies.
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Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
It's Besson's stunning visual fluency that takes center stage, and in the end, that's not quite enough.
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Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
The story's more sober elements are regularly leavened by hip visual flourishes and even some quiet comedy.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
You might be occasionally dumbfounded by The Messenger, but you won't be bored.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Has a three-way split personality, which happily includes an action-packed middle to ease the pain of its early protracted exposition and later action so slow that you'll be asking "Gotta match?" to the person next to you.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
There's precious little in Luc Besson's solemnly inflated, battle-weary historical epic.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
For the 148 minutes it takes "The Messenger" to deliver its message, being John Malkovich or Milla Jovovich is really no fun at all.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Jovovich, Besson's 24-year-old ex-wife, hasn't a clue how to project shadings, interior emotions, character or personality. Everything's in a full screech.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
A lot of striking pictures in this would-be feminist "Braveheart," but a film that's pretty flat and earthbound because of the limitations of the figure at its center.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Isn't some sober history lesson that bogs down in long speeches and tedious facts. It's about style, it's about fashion, it's about rock 'n' roll busting out in medieval France.
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54 out of 100
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