Tristan And Isolde 2006

Critics score:
32 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald: Tristan & Isolde is deadly serious, straightforward and surprisingly entertaining tragedy that reinforces much of what we think we know about the Dark Ages in Britain. Read more

Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune: Mindless, predictable and mildly entertaining. Read more

Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader: Strikes a good balance between action and romance in this version of the medieval legend. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: While Tristan & Isolde, a competent but uninspired film version of the legendary medieval romance, will likely fade from theaters and memories quickly, Myles' lovely face and spirited performance should linger. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: It's so cheesy and corny. Read more

Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: It's just a pretty valentine with no real heart. Read more

Keith Phipps, AV Club: [Tristan and Isolde] moves so sluggishly that someone must have been dosing the cast and crew with Nyquil. Read more

Bill Muller, Arizona Republic: Franco's curly locks may make the target audience swoon, but his presence never allows the rest of us to completely sink into Tristan & Isolde. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: The fate of two nations hinges on the nondisclosure of the stolen kisses and secret trysts. But, boy, could I have not cared less. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Tristan has its slightly silly moments, but rather like those fondly remembered epics of Hollywood past, its energy and entertainment value carry the day. Read more

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle: There's far more smiting than smooching -- more hewing of limbs than heaving of bosoms. Read more

Michael Booth, Denver Post: Franco looks appropriately troubled as Tristan. Myles is pretty and sweet enough to win hearts as Isolde. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: In the end, Tristan & Isolde is never painful. It's just a bit of a dull blade. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: A serious, old-fashioned, history-heavy romance. Read more

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: This Tristan is strictly for those who prefer their romantic melodrama bloodied up a bit. Read more

Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News: Tristan & Isolde is gorgeous to watch. The film's cinematography shines as a stunning example of setting, costumes, choreography and visual mood. And the story is entertaining, epic in scope but without an interminable length. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: As for the storied passion at the center of this tale, it burns about as brightly as a matchstick in a rainstorm. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: The story itself -- Tristan falls in love with Isolde first, only to see her married off as part of a cold-hearted peace treaty -- is merely dreary, full of overwrought villainy and thuggish jousting. Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: It's that rare movie that had me wishing I was at the opera. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: I can wholeheartedly recommend Tristan & Isolde, even to those who don't have a penchant for period piece romances. The movie has a lot to offer. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The knights and ladies don't look like escapees from a Prince Valiant comic strip, but like physical, vulnerable, survivors of the conflicts left behind by the Romans. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: We don't find a tale of transcendent passion but rather of two vain nitwits in a case of routine attraction. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Over-the-top romance notwithstanding, Tristan and Isolde is a watchable hoot, with skirmishes and swordplay erupting whenever the story drags. Read more

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Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: Sorry, no magic here. Read more

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star: The movie plods around, appears to pick up speed, but then falters. Worse, we never feel true sympathy for the lovers who are forced to risk all to meet in secret when fate and politics keep them apart. Read more

Martin Hoyle, Time Out: Pretty and rather dull. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: This relationship lacks a critical ingredient: passion. Read more

Joe Leydon, Variety: A handsomely produced and sporadically rousing re-retelling of the ancient Celtic legend about star-crossed lovers. Read more

Peter L'Official, Village Voice: I dub thee tolerable. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: Well, I just had this weird feeling that things weren't going to work out for them. But even though you can see it coming, this director Kevin Reynolds just makes the whole thing drag on and on and on and on. Read more