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Erik The Viking (1989)



Average Rating: 2.7/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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An unusually principled young Viking becomes increasing uncomfortable with all the killing and plundering that goes with the job, and sets out on a magical journey in order to bring about world peace. Former Monty Python member Terry Jones attempts to have his story of Erik's seemingly hopeless quest operate as both witty, lunatic satire and sincere children's fantasy. However, despite a good cast and some interesting design elements, the film fails to completely succeed at either of its goals.

Dec 4, 2007


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A stillborn comedy in which minutes sometimes mysteriously go by between even attempted gags, and in which virtually no comic scene works up to any kind of viable punch line or payoff.

April 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The idea of telling the story of a Viking warrior who thought there must be more to life than rape and pillage is an amusing one, and for the most part Erik the Viking is an enjoyable film.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Not a funny film, and neither well-directed nor exciting.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Doesn't measure up to the best of the Python films, but it consistently entertains through the occasional gags that do not work and dialogue that is sometimes obscured by sound effects.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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"Erik the Viking," a Wagnerian slapstick fantasy, has the feel of a grown-up bedtime comedy, a gross, sillier "Princess Bride."

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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An utterly worthless exercise in waste and wretched excess, uninformed by the slightest spark of humor, wit or coherence.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Robbins looks terribly confused in the lead, and Mickey Rooney is badly miscast in a cameo as Erik's grandfather.

April 24, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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It doesn't make any more sense than before, but it does at least zip by at a breakneck pace, making the film more fun than ever.

January 6, 2008 Full Review Source:

Full of vile personalities, sick gags and outlandish set pieces, Erik The Viking is up there with Jabberwocky and Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure as one of the funniest historical comedies ever made.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

it evaporates quickly from the memory

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Just enough Pythonesque weirdness to warrant a visit.

July 26, 2002

Audience Reviews for Erik The Viking

If Monty Python ever made a viking adventure comedy, this is what it would have looked like. And as it happens, two MP comedians are involved in this, which is noticeable in every minute. Sometimes silly, sometimes hilarious, always amusing, with a very neat production design, although some of the special effects seem older than 1989. Overall enjoyable and entertaining if you don't mind the overall silliness.
January 3, 2011

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Secular Humanist the Viking ...
September 13, 2010

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This film couldn't seem to decide what it wanted to be...comedy, drama, it didn't pull off any of them very well. Disappointing.
January 19, 2010

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A hilarious Viking tale told in a very Monty Python-esque way, courtesy of director (and former Python member) Terry Jones. Tim Robbins puts in some of his best work here - from back in the days when he wasn't so serious - and he is perfectly cast as Erik. The entire supporting cast works just as well.

I know a lot of people (especially on my Friends list) have this one rated "Not Interested", but if you like comedies - especially in the vein of Monty Python - I recommend you give this a chance. But here's the tricky part:

Do not... I repeat DO NOT watch the US DVD release version (the "Director's Son's Cut"). It will make a horrible first impression. It has been re-edited and hacked up and has all but ruined the comedy and pacing of the movie (and is almost a full half-hour shorter!!). Track down the original VHS or LD - hell, I'll send you a copy! (* for you UK people, the original cut is available on DVD there - I'm so jealous!)
September 29, 2008

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