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Captain Blood Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Flynn's star-making swashbuckler is right on target.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

February 10, 2012
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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Michael Curtiz, the most polished of Warner's studio technicians, starts Flynn off royally.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 10, 2012
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

February 10, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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 Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 10/10

May 24, 2011
Fernando F. Croce

That's how to recreate Fairbanks bravado!

Full Review Source: CinePassion

May 15, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's hard to underestimate its impact at the time, but it's still very effective to this day.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

June 5, 2009
Variety Staff
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It's a spectacle which will establish both Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 10, 2008
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

February 13, 2008
Mark Bourne

...still holds up today as one of those too-good-to-be-true Hollywood success stories.

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April 6, 2006
Andre Sennwald
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 25, 2006

Time Out
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The movie that launched both Flynn and the '30s cycle of swashbucklers.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

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 Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 21, 2005
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Not nearly as exciting as 1940's The Sea Hawk but a sturdy first swashbuckling foray for Flynn.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

April 20, 2005
Christopher Null

can verge on adventure overkill

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 13, 2005
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...a great costume epic and quite a lot of fun.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

April 12, 2005
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the better swashbucklers.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

January 6, 2004
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Rousing swashbuckling of the variety that you don't see much anymore.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 3, 2003


This is Flynn's show, and he is exhilarating in the film which launched his career.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Flynn at his best. Curtiz at the top of his form

| Original Score: 5/5

August 26, 2002
Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 4/5

June 11, 2008
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