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Black Knight (2001)

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14

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

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

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

audience

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liked it
Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 168,830

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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

Apr 16, 2002

$33.3M

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

December 10, 2001
Washington Post
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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.

December 5, 2001 Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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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.

December 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Tedious and predictable.

November 29, 2001 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Paint-by-numbers cliché-fest.

November 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Martin Lawrence amuses in raunchy comedy.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

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

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

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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If Army of Darkness was remade by members of the KKK, the results would likely approximate Black Knight.

September 3, 2002 Full Review | Comment (1)

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.

May 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
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.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

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

January 3, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

More a pair of Jacks than a royal flush.

December 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

December 5, 2001 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

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

December 1, 2001 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

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

November 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Oregonian
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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March 26, 2013
jlewis07

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.
July 25, 2011
Marc L.
Marc Lewis

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More comical than expected, lots of predictability, but a light hearted, easy watching, no brainer
December 21, 2010
76Majikat

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    1. Jamal Walker: Punks jump up to get beat down.
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