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Centurion (2010)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 103
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 42

It's a bloody geyser of Neil Marshall's typically stylish B-movie action, but Centurion is too focused on hacking and slashing to deliver original dialogue or interesting characters.

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 11

It's a bloody geyser of Neil Marshall's typically stylish B-movie action, but Centurion is too focused on hacking and slashing to deliver original dialogue or interesting characters.

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CENTURION is set during the war between Roman soldiers and Pict tribesmen during the 2nd century Roman conquest of Britain. Michael Fassbender stars as Quintus Dias, Roman centurion and son of a legendary gladiator who leads a group of soldiers on a raid of a Pict camp to rescue a captured general (Dominic West). The son of the Pict leader is murdered during the raid, and the Romans find themselves hunted by a seemingly unstoppable group of the Pict's most vicious and skilled warriors, led by a

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Neil Marshall

Nov 2, 2010

$0.1M

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All Critics (103) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (42) | DVD (5)

Auteur cinema of a very narrow stripe, this personalizes a familiar genre to advance a singularly pessimistic view of humanity.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Centurion wraps itself in talk of duty and honor, but really it's just another cinematic death-trip.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Marshall is big on desaturated imagery, which imparts to the film's copious amounts of hemoglobin the look of squid ink.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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The film has a resigned bitterness, hard to shake off, that feels right for the experience of tough guys, from whatever period of history, who find themselves at the tattered edge of what they take to be civilization.

August 30, 2010 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Marshall shows off the breathtaking landscape, but with interiors, he populates the ale houses and encampments with cliches.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Bloody well done.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Centruion is an exciting and intense action/adventure film with fantastic fight scenes and strong acting.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

A darned entertaining outing from a director who knows action and doesn't share Hollywood's fear of period pieces that don't involve Greek gods.

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

Michael Fassbender can carry a movie.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

With a raucous, gruesome tone, this Roman-era British action movie takes us back in time in such a vivid way that we often feel a bit queasy while watching. If the story were stronger, we'd be glued to the screen.

March 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The sight of a technologically superior occupying force coming a cropper in hostile foreign territory inescapably brings modern Afghanistan to mind.

March 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Director Neil Marshall thrills yet again setting forth his own vision of the gladiator epic that pays tribute to the classic tropes of the sub-genre, but is concurrently a revenge film and journey in to darkness...

December 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Features a commitment to craft that helps overcome issues of storytelling by providing a visceral, violent experience designed to get you in your gut and bones more than in your heart or head.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Retriever
Movie Retriever

It's a cat and mouse game where we are stuck rooting for the cat even though it killed and raped thousands of mice.

September 12, 2010 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Comments (3)
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If I believed in the concept of "guilty pleasures," I'd classify Centurion as one, but I think I maybe just kind of enjoyed it.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

A pre-chainsaw extravaganza where the Romans talk like James Bond and the Picts have better military backgrounds than the American generals who invaded Afghanistan.

September 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

The real fate of the 9th Legion may never be known, but I'm sure whatever happened to them was more interesting than this movie.

September 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Marshall's film has a good helping of subtle smarts, but he is more concerned through most of the running time with carnage and bloody thrills.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

Centurion is like 'Gladiator' directed by Freddy Krueger

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

... fine for a midnight screening or a Saturday matinee (although it's too violent for kids) but doesn't hold up under close scrutiny.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

Anachronistic dialogue, happenstance plot turns and characters so thinly conceived as to be interchangeable all but counteract cinematographer Sam McCurdy's otherwise stalwart Cinemascope work.

August 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Comment (1)
Boxoffice Magazine

Centurion treats arterial sprays like Sex and the City treats shoes.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: UGO

Audience Reviews for Centurion

Centurion is an average movie with good performances and it's a film that could have been much better considering its subject. I found the film to focus more on visual style than story, and it's a great shame because this film really could have stood out. I liked the film, but I expected a bit more as well as I have a great interest in the Romans. If you're like me, don't expect this one to be an accurate portrait of the Romans, because it's far from it, it'[s an action film first and foremost and it takes liberties to make this enjoyable for the viewer. The film had some good ideas as far as the story is concerned, but it kind of feels rushed a bit too. Centurion should have been better and though I found it entertaining, I really felt something was missing to make this a truly memorable film. The film is worth seeing due to well constructed action, which the film has plenty of, and the performance of Michael Fassbender. However, the plot just seems unfocused at times, and it loses steam halfway through the film, and that's where the action really makes you forget that the film average. The film is no Gladiator, and it should be seen as mindless popcorn action, which is what in the end this film is about. Centurion isn't awful, or mediocre, but it should have been better too. Fans of historical epics, might be disappointed in this film, but for action fans, there's still plenty to enjoy if you can forget the lacking story and average ton e of the film. Centurion is, despite its imperfections good entertainment that is average considering the potential the film possessed.
June 2, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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This very gory but deeply entertaining adventure film about the disappearance of the 9th Roman Legion in Northern Scotland takes no prisoners. It throws you right into the moral dilemma of cheering for the last few survivors of the grand invading army trying to make their way back through hostile territory, hunted by the barbarians who do a little more than just defend their homeland. While the characters and plot are not without stereotypes, the fights are fun, the story enthralling and Fassbender makes another strong point of being the next big leading man in Hollywood. Much like a pulp comic, this may be a guilty pleasure, but an enthralling, fun and beautifully filmed one nonetheless.
December 28, 2012
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

The last survivors of a Roman garrison wiped out by the Pict warriors whose lands they have invaded attempt to reach friendly territory with a war party in hot pursuit. What we have here is a western which exchanges Romans and Picts for cowboys and indians. In fact, in Neil Marshall's tradition of ripping off classic films there is more than a nod towards Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid at one point but it has the world weary tone of tough guys sick of war and betrayal rather than the light heartedness of George Roy Hill's film. The film has a nice gritty quality about it with solid performances from Fassbender and West, although Marshall seems rather more interested in evisceration than characterisation meaning we don't ever really connect to the characters on any emotional level. There's plenty of glorious scenery to admire however and it's a decent enough historical action film that's no Gladiator, but if you enjoyed King Arthur despite its obvious shortcomings, you should enjoy this too.
October 31, 2012
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    1. Arianne: Her soul is an empty vessel, only roman blood can fill.
    – Submitted by Tim R (2 years ago)
    1. Centurion Quintus Dias: My name is Quintus Dias, I am a soldier of Rome, and this neither the beginning nor the end of my story.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Centurion Quintus Dias: In the chaos of battle, when the ground beneath your feet is a slurry of blood, puke, piss and the entrails of friends and enemies alike, it's easy to turn to the gods for salvation. But it's soldiers who do the fighting, and soldiers who do the dying, and the gods never get their feet wet.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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