There Be Dragons: Secrets of Passion Synopsis
An investigative journalist unearths secrets about his father's ties to the founder of Opus Dei.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Florid, convoluted historical drama.
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By Michelle Orange
Because his character is never clear, Manolo's choices lack emotional interest and narrative urgency.
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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Truly Awesome Movie Rocks Spiritual World

By qualitymoviefan
Wow. Roland Joffe dared to create a movie about an amazing man, Jose Maria Escriva. I saw one of the pre-screening shows and was so impressed with his handling the story of a current day saint and...

Like nothing you have ever seen!

By ElsasserSC
This movie may appear to be sombre in its deep dive in human condition. If you are unable to move above the ambient cynicism of our time you run the risk of missing the point. You will not be able...

NOT IN 25 YEARS has.....

By Optimism
Not since 'The Mission", not in 25 years has there been a movie like this. A true story of FORGIVENESS given under the most dire circumstances. War. Passion. Faith. Cruelty and Murder. This...

There Be Dragons

By Delray Beach FL
Well worth waiting for! Excellent- 10 out 0f 10....

There Be Dragons

By dglick
I really liked it. Joffe digs into deeper issues that engage the soul. You have to put up with artsy cuteness, but overall a cinematic triumph with a powerful message. . Here Joffe is particularly...

By rayflores2013

Great film

By jeannemarie17
The story is filled with meaning, so it requires thoughtful attention. It can change lives! Our world needs more love and forgiveness. It's worth watching several times, to grasp the depth of the...

This Be Awesome!

By homunculus
Watched TBD last night in Greenville, SC. Wow! I'm going back again to watch it tonight. There wasn't a dull moment, and according to a friend of mine who knows the details of the life of St....

Great story!

By raburneo

An Excellent Portrayal

By ilovemyfamliy
A wonderful and emotional work depicting the very different lives of 2 childhood friends. One became a priest and began a holy order, the other was lost and confused and came to redemption through...

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Rated PG-13 | For Violence and combat sequences, some language and thematic elements