The masked swordsman (Antonio Banderas) and his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) fight a European count (Rufus Sewell) plotting to block California's statehood.
" As it turns out, Legend of Zorro is a spirited, though fairly generic, action movie about a guy who habitually abandons his gorgeous wife, puts on black clothes and carries a whip. "
" In this busy sequel to 1998's The Mask of Zorro, Antonio Banderas looks a little older, Catherine Zeta-Jones snares a bigger role, and the powerful charms of both are weighed down by an absurdly plot-heavy script. "
" Though there's worse entertainment around, there may be more people rabid for the return of Prohibition than for a Zorro sequel seven years after the fact. "
" Campbell's film has moments that capture this sensuality and stealth, but it's noisier and longer than it should be. "
" The passionless string of the hoariest cliches is burnished with the phony luster of an I Can't Believe It's Not Butter commercial, and its plot seems to have been amalgamated by a computer program. "
" More a parody than a sequel, Martin Campbell's The Legend of Zorro reunites the director with the stars of 1998's The Mask of Zorro for two hours of ludicrous action, forced humor and self-conscious romance. "
" No, the tongues aren't quite as firmly in cheek, the one-liners aren't as crisp, and the action flags more times than it should. But this Zorro does nothing to tarnish the Legend. "
" It's Zorro, the domesticated blade! "
" In every imaginable way, this is a lesser film than the original. "
" The Legend of Zorro spirals into a convoluted series of incidents, bordering on the impenetrable until they're finally revealed as nonsensical. "
" it's sad to watch this legend fall off his horse "
" Zorro is misnamed, since it's less about the legend than what happens when the legend goes home and gets yelled at by his wife. "
" It may not be a great film, but it's better than a poke in the eye with a sword. "
" THERE'LL likely be more Z's in the audience than on the screen during The Legend of Zorro, a belated and belabored sequel to the delightful '98 hit that seems more like a cross between Wild Wild West and Spy Kids. "
" The production is suffused by an almost desperate attempt to recapture the mood of its predecessor, but the tone is forced rather than natural, and the resultant production is bloated, contrived, and not very entertaining. "
" The CG-effects to replicate crowds and buildings, the fake scenery, the flimsy plot and the cheap dialogue all spell a budget-conscious production. "
" Now comes the long-deferred The Legend of Zorro, which, to put it bluntly, is a big bloated bore-o. "
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