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The Count of Monte Cristo Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    James Caviezel makes us care more about that innocent romantic, Edmond Dantes, than we may care to care about the rest of the picture, which entertains in fits and starts, with startling ruptures in tone.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    For younger audiences drawn by the attractive actors, this might be their introduction to the Dumas epic. At least it's an effective and rousing version.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The best thing in The Count of Monte Cristo is Guy Pearce's snot-nosed hauteur. He gives this scoundrel some wounded edges, and frills as well.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is the kind of adventure picture the studios churned out in the Golden Age -- so traditional it almost feels new.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Enjoyable swashbuckler for kids who can handle the action.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this classic story of revenge and romance is filled with swashbuckling, sometimes bloody, violence, ruthless characters, and grand heroics. The many action sequences include: sword fighting to the death; knife fights; shooting with muskets, handguns, and rifles; brutal whippings, a suicide by gunshot, an attempted hanging, kidnapping, and drowning. Several deaths take place on screen. There are a few curse words: "damn," "bastard," "whore." Two lovers kiss, embrace passionately, and are seen twice, partially clothed, lying in each other’s arms after having implied sex. Reference is made to adultery and an out-of-wedlock birth. Several scenes show the consumption of alcohol at social events and in private; one leading character frequently drinks heavily and appears drunk.

  • Families can talk about the amount of violence in this movie. Did it include the right amount to be a proper swashbuckler, or did it go overboard? How do you feel after watching action-oriented violence?
  • Are you familiar with the book that inspired this movie? Do you know of any other stories that were inspired by it?

The good stuff
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    Messages: As Edmund Dantes seeks to exact revenge upon the three men who have destroyed a great part of his life, he slowly regains his faith and finds redemption. He learns the value of gratefulness and true justice. At the same time, the audience will cheer when the villains get what's coming to them.

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    Role models: The hero begins as a trusting, good-hearted innocent, becomes vengeful and unforgiving, and finally, matures into a brave, inspiring, and wise man. He learns that perseverance, courage, and compassion triumph over anger and self-pity. In most instances, public officials and the aristocracy are portrayed as corrupt and selfish.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Lots of sword fighting, other bloody battles (knife, fists, guns), narrow escapes, and violent death. Characters are killed by: gunshot at close range, drowning, impalement, suicide, a tunnel collapse, and a stabbing. Less fatal activities include kidnapping, lashing with a whip, being thrown from a cliff, an attempted hanging, and lots of gunfire.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Sexual activity is limited to kissing and embracing. The lovers are seen in each other's arms after implied sex, shoulders bare. The film's chief villain is known to be an unrepentant, serial philanderer. A baby is conceived out-of-wedlock.

  • language false2

    Language: Minimal swearing: "damn," "bastard," and "whore.”"

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Wine and alcohol are served at dinner and on other social occasions. The chief villain is a heavy drinker who gets drunk in a number of scenes.