King Arthur (2004)

King Arthur (2004)

King Arthur



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

Movie Info

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 … 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


as Arthur

as Lancelot

as Gawain

as Galahad

as Guinevere

as Cynric

as Bishop Germanius

as Marius Honorius

as Fulcinia

as British Scout

as Merlin's Lieutenant

as Mental Monk

as Obnoxious Monk

as Third Monk

as Cerdic Scout

as Cerdic Officer

as Cerdic Officer

as Bishop Decoy

as Woad Killed by Lance...

as Roman Commander

as Mercenary

as Arthur's Mother

as Scottish Village Gir...

as Mangled Saxon

as Woad Advisor

as Cerdic Bodyguard

as Lancelot's Father

as Lancelot's Mother

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.

| 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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