Lisa Schwarzbaum
May 05, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

There Be Dragons

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
122 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/06/11
performer
Wes Bentley, Charlie Cox, Dougray Scott
director
Roland Joffe
distributor
Samuel Goldwyn Films
author
Roland Joffe
genre
Drama

We gave it a C+

Among the subjects of this florid, convoluted historical drama from writer-director Roland Joffé (The Mission): the Spanish Civil War; the spiritual path of the now-canonized priest Josemaría Escrivá (Charlie Cox), founder of the controversial Roman Catholic organization Opus Dei (which gives the ? flattering pic its blessing); and the reconciliation of a journalist (Dougray Scott) and his estranged, dying father (American Beauty‘s Wes Bentley, in old-man makeup and in youthful flashback). As tidy plot structure would have it, the moribund dad was Escrivá’s childhood friend. C+

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