What the critics say

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 January, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 January, 2002, 12:00am

The Count Of Monte Cristo

A dramatisation of Alexandre Dumas' classic story about an innocent man who is wrongly and deliberately imprisoned. He transforms himself into the Count of Monte Cristo and sets out to destroy the men who manipulated and enslaved him. Starring Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Dagmara Dominczyk and Richard Harris.

Kenneth Turan

Los Angeles Times

'More perplexing than the film's conclusion is how unable it is to take advantage of the talents of its co-stars. Revenge may be sweet, but this is one Monte Cristo that leaves a sour taste.'

Leah Rozen


'Cristo moves along at a dull, regular pace, like a bus hewing dutifully to its route. Which means that the swordglinting climax isn't much more exciting than that bus returning to its garage. The acting is slightly livelier.'

Michael Rechtshaffen

The Hollywood Reporter

'Neither among the best nor the worst of the lot, it falls somewhere inconspicuously in between, serving up both lively and ill-fitting performances as well as lush backdrops and the requisite derring-do.'

Elvis Mitchell

The New York Times

'As directed by Mark Pellington, The Mothman Prophecies is so hushed and smooth it could have been made by another Gere character: Julian Kaye in American Gigolo. Still, Mothman is little more than an adequate shard of winter-doldrums genre fare. It even generates some unease. (Watchers of Pellington's Arlington Road may remember that angle as his strongest suit.) But the picture never gets around to explaining anything. That's why it's so easy to shake off.'

Jan Stuart

Los Angeles Times

'The Mothman Prophecies is the kind of conservative creep-fest that believes the most effective chillers are humourless and nocturnal. There is very little about the hoary conventions of The Mothman Prophecies that couldn't be improved by a little levity, a little more sunlight and some judicious cutting.'

Leah Rozen


'A frustratingly wispy supernatural thriller loosely based on some still unexplained nastiness that really happened near Point Pleasant in 1966 and 67. Bottom line: get the bug spray.'

David Hunter

The Hollywood Reporter

'Jaded moviegoers will probably swat away this less-than-engrossing supernatural thriller. The plot flutters between a ghostly disaster chiller and torpid serio-religious puzzler that only seriously gullible viewers will devote the brainpower to unravel.'

The Mothman Prophecies

A suspense-filled thriller based on true events involving a series of inexplicable occurrences in a small town and a man (Richard Gere, above) who is driven to extremes to investigate the mysterious circumstances of his wife's death. Also starring Laura Linney, Will Patton, Debra Messing and Alan Bates.