58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Florid, convoluted historical drama.
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55

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Because his character is never clear, Manolo's choices lack emotional interest and narrative urgency.
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50

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
There Be Dragons is tethered to the earth by a tangled plot, wooden acting and the heavy burden of healing old wounds.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
This may be the most politically confusing movie about that conflict since "For Whom the Bell Tolls" -- I couldn't for the life of me figure out where Escriva stood.
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40

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Controversially, Escrivá started the Opus Dei, and There Be Dragons is best appreciated by those seeking more realism than the albino self-whipper of "The Da Vinci Code."
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
British writer-director Roland Joffé dips a toe into explosive material - the Spanish Civil War, betrayal, sainthood, Opus Dei - but all these big themes and characters slip from his grasp.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
History can be an equalizer, so director Roland Joffe ("The Killing Fields," "The Mission") makes sure saints and sinners all get painted with the same uninteresting brush in this fact-based drama.
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38

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
There Be Dragons is like fine wine, served in a Big Gulp cup. A little is very nice. A lot is way too much.
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38

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
In fairness, putting holiness onscreen is an enormous challenge. It can be done, as several directors have shown, most notably Dreyer and Bresson. Bad enough that Joffe is the poor man's Lean. He's also the nonbelieving man's Dreyer and Bresson.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Dragons may have seemed less out of place three decades ago, but it would have been a bad movie then as well. It's filled with clumsy transitions and erratic performances, and tied together by an awkward framing device.
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33 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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