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Based on 33 Reviews
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  • 40
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    For the 148 minutes it takes "The Messenger" to deliver its message, being John Malkovich or Milla Jovovich is really no fun at all. show more

  • 25
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    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. show more

  • 63
    Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer

    You might be occasionally dumbfounded by The Messenger, but you won't be bored. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 67
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    It's Besson's stunning visual fluency that takes center stage, and in the end, that's not quite enough. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Such a sour, mindlessly inflated experience that seeing it may temporarily put you off historical movies. show more

  • 63
    Ann Hornaday Baltimore Sun

    The story's more sober elements are regularly leavened by hip visual flourishes and even some quiet comedy. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is a mess: a gassy costume epic with nobody at the center. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Besson's account of the Maid of Orleans presents itself as a celebration of a martyr's faith but shows more interest in the violence and hatred that surrounded her life. show more

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