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  • 75
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    Celebrates the craft of acting both in its story and in fine performances. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    By any reckoning, director Paul McGuigan and writer Mark Mills seem mighty ground down trying to buck these medieval odds. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The crucial evidence has to do with rigor mortis. The movie's a stiff too. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Has so many ideas working in it that they all but suffocate its thin plot. show more

  • 70
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    A beguiling, multilayered drama. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Has just a little too much of the whodunit and the thriller and not enough of the temper of its clash between cultures, but it works, maybe because the simplicity of the underlying plot is masked by the oddness of the characters. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    It's made with seriousness, intelligence and craft, and filmgoers who aren't put off by the slow pace of life in 1380 should see it. show more

  • 63
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    The notion that stories are the lies that tell the truth isn't new -- even Shakespeare knew that -- but the central conceit of "let's save lives by putting on a play" seems not only artificial, but also hollow. show more

  • 63
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Far more imaginative and intriguingly moody than other recent thrillers. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The story never gathers much dramatic momentum despite an impressive cast and a lot of dank Middle Ages atmosphere. show more

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