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Centurion Reviews

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Daniel Hubschman
August 18, 2010
The director's preference of gore over plot points kept me from ever being able to take it seriously
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
August 6, 2010
The violence is numbing, and the hand-to-hand combat of the final standoff is especially tedious, despite the camera's best attempts to force some energy into the scene.
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 19, 2010
Without any real character development, by the time the closing credits draw in, you won't care less about any of the characters, which for a film with a plot so linear, is a fatal flaw.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Don Groves
July 29, 2010
After directing Dog Soldiers and The Descent, Marshall was hailed in some quarters as the wunderkind of British horror. Then he blotted his copybook with the futuristic thriller Doomsday. Centurion is another backward step.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
April 22, 2010
This hideously violent, formula one chase movie lacks the novelty of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto as well as its equally-deserved 18 certificate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 26, 2010
Most of the characters are so characterless that you can't tell who they are when they get impaled or beheaded, and you can't remember who they used to be after they're dispatched. Not that it matters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 7, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
April 22, 2010
Though it's technically impressive and has an epic sweep, the lack of suspense and emotional involvement makes this little more than a chase movie in ancient garb.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 25, 2010
Questions arise. When exactly was eye makeup invented? Why do screenwriters still, after Life of Brian, give Roman characters names like Virilus?
April 26, 2010
What have the Romans ever done for us? Raped and pillaged mostly, according to a film that also appears to want us to root for them. Bizarre
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 27, 2010
There are, by my count, six standard types of violence in film these days: Tarantino, comic book, Scorsese, martial arts, horror and stupid. That's right: stupid. For an example, look no further than Centurion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 27, 2010
Centurion feels more like a video game than a movie. And it works fairly well on that sensory-overload level, except it's a video game you can't play.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 23, 2010
Though seemingly content to be a B-movie director, Neil Marshall heads further into C-list territory with Centurion
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
September 2, 2010
... fine for a midnight screening or a Saturday matinee (although it's too violent for kids) but doesn't hold up under close scrutiny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
September 12, 2010
It's a cat and mouse game where we are stuck rooting for the cat even though it killed and raped thousands of mice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 22, 2010
Nasty scenes are set off by some breathtakingly beautiful scenes in the wintry Scottish mountains, and a few tender moments, very few
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
July 28, 2010
Marshall takes the ultra-violent and grim goings on with deadening seriousness, but the temptation to see it all as a rather bad joke is only emphasised by the anachronistic dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
July 30, 2010
There's a flat prettiness to the film, and [Marshall's] attempt to explore group tensions comes asunder, despite the talents of Michael Fassbender and Domenic West, with some awfully clichéd dialogue.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 27, 2010
Marshall shows off the breathtaking landscape, but with interiors, he populates the ale houses and encampments with cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 27, 2010
Sack, pillage, repeat. Heads will roll. And bounce. And be stuck on pikes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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