Captain Blood Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 10, 2012
Flynn's star-making swashbuckler is right on target.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
February 10, 2012
Michael Curtiz, the most polished of Warner's studio technicians, starts Flynn off royally.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
February 10, 2012
Lavish pirate adventure that launched Errol Flynn onto 1930's screens and ensured that buckles would be swashed for a good few years to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 24, 2011
Crammed full of all the adventure that $1 million in 1935 dollars could buy... It's all so much candy, I guess, but candy made with the utmost precision and attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
May 15, 2011
That's how to recreate Fairbanks bravado!
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 5, 2009
It's hard to underestimate its impact at the time, but it's still very effective to this day.
Top Critic
Variety Staff
Variety
June 10, 2008
It's a spectacle which will establish both Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 13, 2008
The young Errol Flynn shows that he is the perfect swasbuckling hero in Michael Curtiz's enjoyable remake of the 1923 silent; three years later, Flynn made the more impressive Adventures of Robin Hood, also with Olivia De Havilland.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com
April 6, 2006
...still holds up today as one of those too-good-to-be-true Hollywood success stories.
Top Critic
Andre Sennwald
New York Times
March 25, 2006
With a spirited and criminally good-looking Australian named Errol Flynn playing the genteel buccaneer to the hilt, the photoplay recaptures the air of high romantic adventure which is so essential to the tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic

Time Out
February 9, 2006
The movie that launched both Flynn and the '30s cycle of swashbucklers.
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
April 21, 2005
Back then, Warner Brothers sure knew how to make these adventures a great time at the movies and today, "Captain Blood" is immensely captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 20, 2005
Not nearly as exciting as 1940's The Sea Hawk but a sturdy first swashbuckling foray for Flynn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
April 13, 2005
can verge on adventure overkill
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 12, 2005
...a great costume epic and quite a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 6, 2004
One of the better swashbucklers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
August 3, 2003
Rousing swashbuckling of the variety that you don't see much anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
This is Flynn's show, and he is exhilarating in the film which launched his career.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 26, 2002
Flynn at his best. Curtiz at the top of his form
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 11, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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