Tristan And Isolde

20th Century Fox Released 2006


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Kevin Reynolds

Tristan and Isolde, based on the medieval romantic legend of Tristan and Isolde, is a romantic drama film. This touching tale of star crossed lovers takes place in both England and in Ireland during the Dark Ages. The story unfolds when Lord Marke of Cornwall (Rufus Seweel) seeks to overthrow Irish domination by uniting the citizens of Britain, the Celts, the Angles, the Saxons, and the Jutes and to rule himself as king. Irish King Donnchadh (David O'Hara) reacts to Lord Marke's plans by sending troops to attack a British castle where the treaty is being discussed. Both Tristan's (James Franoco's) parents, the Lord and Lady of the attacked castle, were killed in the battle. Lord Marke takes orphaned Tristan to raise as his own son and to become a warrior. Later, during battle Tristan kills the man whom Princess Isolde (Sophia Myles) has been engaged to marry. Tristan, being deeply wounded, is nursed back to health by Princess Isolde but remains clueless to her title. Tristan returns to heath and two fall in love. When Tristan's return to battle means fighting a war against Princess Isolde's father their love is put to the test.


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    This "Tristan" has its slightly silly moments, but rather like those fondly remembered epics of Hollywood past, its energy and entertainment value carry the day.

  • 70

    Variety Joe Leydon

    This understated period drama may lack sufficient star power and emotional wallop to score breakthrough success with mainstream auds during its domestic theatrical run, but pic cou...

  • 60

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Just as there is something undeniably pleasant about an entertainment like Tristan & Isolde that delivers exactly what it promises, no less, no more.

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period piece, Love & Romance, legendary heroes, legendary people, love story