Black Knight Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 19, 2002
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 10, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 10, 2001
A single fish-out-of-water joke told over and over again.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
December 5, 2001
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 3, 2001
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 29, 2001
Tedious and predictable.
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
November 27, 2001
Paint-by-numbers cliché-fest.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
November 26, 2001
Black Knight isn't awful, strictly speaking, just tepid and predictable.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
November 25, 2001
A time-travel comedy that doesn't go anywhere we haven't been before.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 24, 2001
The latest in a string of mediocre-to-bad films that have latched onto Lawrence's name as their sole marketable commodity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 23, 2001
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
November 21, 2001
This is paint-by-numbers filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 21, 2001
Intermittently amusing though sloppy around the edges, Black Knight makes a serviceable vehicle for Martin Lawrence's clowning.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 21, 2001
Slight but highly enjoyable.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 21, 2001
Were it not for Lawrence's presence, you get the feeling the flimsily constructed comedy would simply collapse and blow away.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 21, 2001
It's a bad sign when a movie begins with an extended close-up sequence of its star plucking a nostril hair.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 21, 2001
This is Lawrence's show, his chance to demonstrate his comic nimbleness and appeal. He runs with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 21, 2001
Represents yet another blown opportunity to raise Martin Lawrence's game to a higher level.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
November 21, 2001
The filmmakers ... seem to have been inspired mainly by contempt for the audience: everything about their work feels lazy and slapdash.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
November 21, 2001
A rip-roaring time-travel comedy tailored beautifully to Martin Lawrence's protean talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 21, 2001
Lo, after much exertion, the quest for laughs by Sir Mugs-a-lot ends up where it started -- in a soggy ditch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
November 21, 2001
Most of the gags are groaners.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 20, 2001
Has about as much swagger as its bland and basic title.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 20, 2001
Black Knight is a movie that knows its audience. Its underlying philosophy might be: why try harder when this is all they expect?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
November 20, 2001
Utter nonsense.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 20, 2001
Monty Python and the Holy Martin, in other words, this ain't.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 20, 2001
Less original than a Renaissance Faire handbook.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 20, 2001
Runs out of ideas at about the halfway mark.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 20, 2001
It represents the ultimate in Hollywood cynicism and laziness.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 20, 2001
What threatens to be a one-joke film turns into a sweetly funny tale.
| Original Score: 2.5/4