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Centurion Reviews

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2011
Auteur cinema of a very narrow stripe, this personalizes a familiar genre to advance a singularly pessimistic view of humanity.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 3, 2010
Centurion wraps itself in talk of duty and honor, but really it's just another cinematic death-trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 2, 2010
Marshall is big on desaturated imagery, which imparts to the film's copious amounts of hemoglobin the look of squid ink.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 30, 2010
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.
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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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Rob Nelson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 27, 2010
Bloody well done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
August 27, 2010
Rousing if slightly predictable.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
August 27, 2010
Unpretentious swords-and-sandals film crafts a tight survival drama out of Roman Empire lore.
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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
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
August 27, 2010
Far more entertaining, and infinitely less cumbersome, than its recent big-budget Hollywood counterparts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 27, 2010
For all its analogies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, or wherever, the underlying thrust of Centurion is its celebration of bloodlust.
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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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 26, 2010
Occasionally Marshall provides a back story to fill out a role, but too often that's how it comes off: as filler.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 26, 2010
By turns heroic, fearsome, funny, fateful and, oh, so brutal, with swords hacking off heads at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 26, 2010
Flaming arrows, spears, and knives have no problem finding their way to the back of a mouth. The profanity is delightful. And the general atmosphere is grim. The movie just isn't terribly inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 26, 2010
Over time, Marshall's interest in period brutality becomes a grinding obsession.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 26, 2010
It offers riveting storytelling, gorgeous cinematography and scenery, loads of gore, and a politically complicated history lesson.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 26, 2010
No one can claim the bloodshed was toned down in the quest for a PG-13 -- and I consider that to be a positive quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
August 25, 2010
When it comes to crunchy impalings and messy arterial geysers, Marshall's a maestro.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
August 25, 2010
It's prime B-movie material put through the Ridley Scott Cuisinart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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F.X. Feeney
Village Voice
August 24, 2010
[A] highly enjoyable action-adventure.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
April 22, 2010
No amount of relentless forward momentum, head-smacking violence or CGI-enhanced blood-letting can disguise the anaemic characterisation and obvious contrivances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5