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King Arthur (2004)

King Arthur (2004)

King Arthur



Critic Consensus: The magic is gone, leaving a dreary, generic action movie.

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Historians have thought for centuries that King Arthur was only a myth, but the legend was based on a real hero, torn between his private ambitions and his public sense of duty. A reluctant leader, Arthur wishes only to leave Britain and return to the peace and stability of Rome. Before he can head for Rome, one final mission leads him and his Knights of the Round Table, Lancelot, Galahad, Bors, Tristan, and Gawain to the conclusion that when Rome is gone, Britain needs a king--someone not only to defend against the current threat of invading Saxons, but to lead the isle into a new age. Under the guidance of Merlin, a former enemy, and the beautiful, courageous Guinevere by his side, Arthur will have to find the strength within himself to change the course of history.more
Rating: PG-13 (for intense battle sequences, a scene of sensuality and some language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: David H. Franzoni, John Lee Hancock
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 21, 2004
Box Office: $51.7M
Buena Vista Pictures - Official Site


Clive Owen
as Arthur
Ioan Gruffudd
as Lancelot
Hugh Dancy
as Galahad
Keira Knightley
as Guinevere
Ivano Marescotti
as Bishop Germanius
Ken Stott
as Marius Honorius
Alan Devine
as British Scout
David Murray
as Merlin's Lieutenant
Ned Dennehy
as Mental Monk
Phelim Drew
as Obnoxious Monk
Des Braiden
as Third Monk
Malachy McKenna
as Cerdic Scout
Brian McGuinness
as Cerdic Officer
Patrick Leech
as Cerdic Officer
Bosco Hogan
as Bishop Decoy
David Wilmot
as Woad Killed by Lance...
Lochlann O'Mearain
as Roman Commander
Paul McGlinchey
as Mercenary
Maria Gladkowska
as Arthur's Mother
Lesley-Ann Shaw
as Scottish Village Gir...
Joe McKinney
as Mangled Saxon
Gerry O'Brien
as Woad Advisor
Brian Condon
as Cerdic Bodyguard
Clive Russell
as Lancelot's Father
Stephanie Putson
as Lancelot's Mother
Graham McTavish
as Roman Officer
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Critic Reviews for King Arthur

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (42)

Entertaining, but ultimately forgettable.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

The interminable battle scenes are limply choreographed and unexciting. This is one king that's best left alone.

Full Review… | July 11, 2010

Fuqua creates a very grim and stylish mood that fits what the concept is attempting to accomplish very well.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Guinevere, no dainty princess she, is a kind of hardened medieval feminist, and the aggressor to Arthur's bashful but equally driven warrior, in both bed and on the battlefield.

Full Review… | May 29, 2007
Long Island Press

In many ways this movie tells us far more about the values and age in which we are living, than the one it pretends to be returning us to.

Full Review… | May 23, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

A brash departure from the legend that retains the round table, but that's about it. Still, the contemporary echoes make the Dark Ages relevant again and the movie, while longwinded in parts, overcomes its shortcomings.

Full Review… | May 2, 2007
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Audience Reviews for King Arthur

There's some blarney about "searching for historical fact" woven into the story but basically what you get is an old timey adventure/propaganda/nationalism piece about how ENGLAND! (always said in capital letters w/an exclamation in this film) rose from the ashes of nations to become A LAND OF FREE MEN! (They let some women come along with 'em, too.) Ehh.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Great war film! Bizarre history angle, but I loved it!

Christian C

Super Reviewer

King Arthur is another mediocre action film by director Antoine Fuqua, who isn't that skilled as a director to begin with. I felt that the films action scenes were well done, but unfortunately that's about it going for it. The plot is under developed, and never really interesting. I think it's a great shame because King Arthur could have been quite an epic film, unfortunately, it isn't. Fuqua's direction is clumsy and unfocused, and the film suffers because of it. Under a different director, the film could have succeeded, but the film is a mediocre attempt at a historical epic, and the end result is a film that doesn't really make you satisfied. The casting choices for this film are very questionable as well. Aside from Sin City and Shoot Em' Up, I'm not a fan of Clive Owen, and in this film he's pretty bad. So is Keira Knightleey, who usually is a good choice for period pieces, but this isn't a period piece film that she should've starred in. Most of the cast are not right for the part, and Fuqua doesn't know how to craft an action epic, and the flaws are apparent on-screen. The film could have been much better; unfortunately the result is a film that is a badly acted and plot mess that will make you lose interest halfway through the end of the film. King Arthur could almost be seen as a guilty pleasure; however, I think the mediocrity of this film is too much for me to see it that way. I don't view King Arthur as an awful film, but almost. The film could have been much better with a better, much developed storyline and a better cast. Oh well, don't get overly excited before watching this film, you may end up disappointed, I was.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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