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Beowulf & Grendel

Beowulf & Grendel (2005)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 17

Despite the impressive Icelandic scenery, Beowulf And Grendel fails to find its footing in the transition from epic tale to the big screen.

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 9

Despite the impressive Icelandic scenery, Beowulf And Grendel fails to find its footing in the transition from epic tale to the big screen.

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One of the oldest epic poems in the English language gets a robust visual interpretation in this historical epic shot on location in Iceland. Hrothgar (Stellan Skarsgňrd) is a Danish king who murders a troll that has been terrorizing his countryside. But Hrothgar spares the life of the troll's strange young son, who with the passage of years grows to become Grendel (Ingvar Sigurdsson), a fearsome warrior intent upon avenging his father's death. As Grendel begins his slaughter of the king's

Sep 26, 2006

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Trying to give us the true story behind the epic, the movie only reminds us of why humans write epics in the first place.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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[You can] feel the filmmakers yearning to have Beowulf and Grendel go all Rambo on each other. Instead, they keep pulling back for more Old English angst, as if they're torn between commerce and winning the approval of their high school English teacher.

July 27, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A semi-mythic period piece, Beowulf & Grendel offers sublime scenery that's breathtaking and bone-chilling.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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This gristle-intensive R-rated version of Beowulf travels a predictable revisionist route.

July 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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A muscular, ardently naturalistic retelling of the ninth-century Anglo-Saxon saga.

July 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Sturla Gunnarsson's film ultimately lacks the grandeur and wit necessary to make the legend fully come alive.

July 11, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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The thrilling beauty of this reading of Beowulf is that it makes [the characters] feel modern... These people live in the real world, not in a fable and not in a history book.

October 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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ridiculous

October 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Gunnarsson has made a film that would make the real Beowulf and Grendel, if they ever really existed, quite proud.

August 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

A fascinating trip to the dark ages and a good story well told

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

If you're game for a strange and beautiful-looking new version of the (very) old legend, you can safely give this one a rental.

August 9, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

Beowulf's reality-driven approach suffers for lack of scope and questionable poetic license.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

...realistic, [but] Polley...is woefully miscast.

July 27, 2006

Aside from some nice Icelandic scenery, Beowulf & Grendel is a ludicrous botch.

July 22, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Andrew Rai Berzins' script spruces up long stretches of Old English with unexpected bursts of cussing and gleeful vulgarity that feel as misguided as everything else in the film.

July 12, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

We've got a surprisingly multilayered drama

July 8, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

Sturla Gunnarsson's adaptation... despite some pretty awful special-effects makeup [is] a pretty good -- and good-looking -- version of the tale.

July 7, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Beowulf & Grendel

Well done, but hard to understand. No subtitles available, so why certain things happened aren't really clear to me. But, the attempt at storytelling was really good..
January 21, 2014
itsjustme2004

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Ah, pretty fast and loose with the source here. Which sometimes is not disastrous. This is not a full-blown disaster, but it's definitely not Beowulf either. Call it a fully blown half-blown disaster.
September 8, 2010
binky013

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this movie was really fun to watch. gerard butler is always good and it portayed the original story decently. the movie is little known so i assume they didnt have a lot of budget to work with, and it some ways that shows, but this is a pretty good movie.
August 16, 2010
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    1. Selma: You are a herd dog?
    2. Beowulf: I've been called worse...
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