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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.
Strikes a good balance between action and romance in this version of the medieval legend.
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.
[Tristan and Isolde] moves so sluggishly that someone must have been dosing the cast and crew with Nyquil.
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.
The fate of two nations hinges on the nondisclosure of the stolen kisses and secret trysts. But, boy, could I have not cared less.
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.
There's far more smiting than smooching -- more hewing of limbs than heaving of bosoms.
Franco looks appropriately troubled as Tristan. Myles is pretty and sweet enough to win hearts as Isolde.
In the end, Tristan & Isolde is never painful. It's just a bit of a dull blade.
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.
As for the storied passion at the center of this tale, it burns about as brightly as a matchstick in a rainstorm.
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.
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.
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.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Over-the-top romance notwithstanding, Tristan and Isolde is a watchable hoot, with skirmishes and swordplay erupting whenever the story drags.
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.
This relationship lacks a critical ingredient: passion.
A handsomely produced and sporadically rousing re-retelling of the ancient Celtic legend about star-crossed lovers.
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.