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The Legend of Suriyothai

Rated R for violence and some nudity.

R In Theaters 06/20/2003 , 142min.
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Dana Stevens
The New York Times
The movie keeps you at a distance; it is visually sweeping, and the history is fascinating, but the drama is rarely stirring. Full Review
David Rooney
The frequently confusing story does eventually pull together; but there's still a lack of any strong emotional center, and the character gallery remains over-populated. Full Review
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
Yukol has spread a huge canvas, gloriously costumed and photographed, but the staging and acting are often awkward and the saga is simply too dense for good drama. Full Review
John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
The characters are flat creatures of duty, and the film is more a tale of the collective will of a state than of the rugged individuals behind it. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Not the place to go look for nuanced, deeply emotional performances. The acting is inevitably on the formal side, suitable for the pageant this film is. But don't let that dissuade you. They won't be making another film like this any time soon, and the chance to see all those elephants is not one you get every day. Full Review

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