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Black Knight (2001)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 96
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 83

Critics Consensus: Black Knight feels like a lazily constructed movie, filled with lame gags and constant mugging from Lawrence.

18%
Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 23

Critics Consensus: Black Knight feels like a lazily constructed movie, filled with lame gags and constant mugging from Lawrence.

AUDIENCE SCORE

User Ratings: 168,840

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Movie Info

Screenwriter Darryl Quarles follows up his smash hit Big Momma's House (2000) with another raucous Martin Lawrence collaboration. Lawrence stars as Jamal Walker, an employee at a medieval-themed mini-golf course who wakes up in 14th century England after a blow to the head. Jamal has soon allied himself with a peasant girl and a broken-down ex-knight to defeat the evil King Leo (Kevin Conway) and his bullying minion, Sir Knolte (Tom Wilkinson). In the meantime, Jamal busts some modern dance … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for language, sexual/crude humor and battle violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Darryl Quarles , Peter Gaulke , Gerry Swallow
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Apr 16, 2002
Box Office:
$33.3M
Runtime:
20th Century Fox - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Black Knight

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (83) | DVD (28)

A single fish-out-of-water joke told over and over again.

December 10, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Mark Twain managed to pen A Connecticut Yankee all by his lonesome, but three highly-paid Hollywood writers were needed to put together this lazy retread.

Full Review… | December 5, 2001
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic

Martin Lawrence [stars] as a theme park worker who falls into a scummy moat and surfaces in the Middle Ages -- perhaps in search of people who would find his humor fresh and original. No such luck.

Full Review… | December 3, 2001
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Tedious and predictable.

Full Review… | November 29, 2001
USA Today
Top Critic

Paint-by-numbers cliché-fest.

Full Review… | November 27, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

Martin Lawrence amuses in raunchy comedy.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

Lawrence relies on his usual act as the hip black guy surrounded by square white men.

Full Review… | June 2, 2003
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

The first 23 minutes of Black Knight (yes, I timed it) are easily the most effective...

Full Review… | September 26, 2002
Reel Film Reviews

If Army of Darkness was remade by members of the KKK, the results would likely approximate Black Knight.

Full Review… | September 3, 2002

crap

August 1, 2002

Lawrence chooses to rely solely on his fourth-grade instincts to get him through the film, with no sidekick to dilute his overbearingly tacky style.

Full Review… | May 29, 2002
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

...there's not a lot in it that will offend anyone...unless you count dull, boring, and unoriginal as offensive.

April 12, 2002
Movie Metropolis

...is about as hilarious as skinny-dipping in an alligator-infested moat.

Full Review… | March 4, 2002
Movie Eye

Martin Lawrence can be hysterically funny. You'd never guess that from watching the remarkably wasteful endeavor.

Full Review… | January 3, 2002
TheMovieReport.com

More a pair of Jacks than a royal flush.

Full Review… | December 9, 2001
Film Journal International

This is the kind of role Lawrence can phone in, and that is exactly what he has done.

Full Review… | December 5, 2001
Aisle Seat

If you've seen the trailer, you've seen the movie. One's a lot longer than the other.

Full Review… | December 1, 2001
eFilmCritic.com

Are there worse movies than Black Knight? Yes -- and there are worse agonies than being stabbed with a butter knife.

Full Review… | November 26, 2001
Oregonian

There's too much shuck'n'jive here and not enough genuine funny stuff going on.

November 26, 2001
Greenwich Village Gazette

Audience Reviews for Black Knight

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jlewis07
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

While it's not one of the best comedies I've ever seen, it's still really good. Some nice fight scenes, some great humor, a good script for a comedy. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it deserves a bit better than 14%.

Granted, there were a few scenes that weren't that funny. The extremely forced "Dance to the Music" scene in the castle was probably the films lowlight. Most of the other jokes at least bring a smile though.

Also, the film seems to take a little to long to get to it's point.

Luckily there is some good. Most of the jokes were actually pretty funny, and one or two were laugh out funny. It seems to be less of a great script as it is funny actors. I guess this was before Lawrence started to get really unfunny with movies like "Rebound", becuase he actually does a really good performance.

For a comedy, the plot is pretty cool. You'll have to see the movie though. I think it was a parody of "A Kid in King Arthur's Court" and a really good one.

Over all, is it amazing? No. But it's enjoyable, and a good movie to see if you have a Martin Lawrence obsessed friend/girlfriend/boyfriend.

Marc L.
Marc Lewis

Super Reviewer

More comical than expected, lots of predictability, but a light hearted, easy watching, no brainer

76Majikat
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Previews made it look hilarious, but watch it and you'll see how misled they were.

stormyweather980
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

Black Knight Quotes


Jamal Walker: Punks jump up to get beat down.
– Submitted by Jim E (3 years ago)

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