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Conan the Barbarian (2011)

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 137
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 104

While its relentless, gory violence is more faithful to the Robert E. Howard books, Conan the Barbarian forsakes three-dimensional characters, dialogue, and acting in favor of unnecessary 3D effects.

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Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 22

While its relentless, gory violence is more faithful to the Robert E. Howard books, Conan the Barbarian forsakes three-dimensional characters, dialogue, and acting in favor of unnecessary 3D effects.

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A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan (Jason Momoa) realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil. -- (C) Lionsgate

Nov 22, 2011

$21.3M

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All Critics (141) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (104) | DVD (11)

Rent the original instead.

August 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The 2011 version of Conan the Barbarian looks cheap and feels rushed. The few good elements are dwarfed by a generic, nonsensical plot and shoddy storytelling.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (24)
ReelViews
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Shoddy acting, no real plot, and silly dialogue? You betcha!

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comments (12)
Film.com
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Does it satisfy, this tale? In its own modest way, it does.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (3)
Newark Star-Ledger
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It ain't a pretty sight -- in fact, it's downright barbaric.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (3)
Globe and Mail
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It's just another ham-handed adventure flick in eye-deadening, wallet-draining 3-D.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comment (1)
New York Daily News
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In some ways, I even liked it better than the original because it didn't take itself so deathly seriously.

August 24, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Conan the Barbarian is shocking not merely for its blood and guts violence but for how surprisingly gripping and compelling it is, even muddy in 3D.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Missing the myth, the sorcery and the humor of the original big screen "Conan."

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Conan the Barbarian is a hollow beat 'em up with shallow characters and, worst of all, below average action.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

The film lacks any magic, and indeed any of the spirit that grabbed a cult audience for the original: the direction lacks any kind of showmanship, and the script is a dilluted version of what it undoubtedly could have been.

January 2, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

There is fun to be had here-not as much as there could be, but it kept me entertained, faults and all.

December 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

It would be barbaric to say this is the worst movie of the year. That certainly isn't the case. 'Conan the Barbarian' is, however, a second-rate remake, no more and no less. It's a far cry from the 1980s Arnold Schwarzenegger film.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Conan the Barbarian isn't offensively bad, just mediocre and forgettable in nearly every way imaginable.

November 26, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Comments (2)
IGN DVD

We kinda missed the orgies . . .

November 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Directed by Marcus Nispel, this movie (which would be more aptly named Gron-an the Barbarian) is terrible, terrible, terrible.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

As a fantasy movie it hits all the right notes, dripping with guts, gore and familiar tropes; it's certainly not a film you have to concentrate on following. If that's your thing, you'll love it.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

The film demonizes the witchy Marique (Rose McGowan), so she even worries her evil scum dad.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Absolutely spastic in the way it pretends to tell a story, the work of someone who doesn't understand choreography, coherent storytelling and basic structural editing.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

A movie that includes a cast listing for 'Topless Wenches' at least ought to have a kitschy sense of humor, but not this noisy, cheerless actioner.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The film is dumb, hackneyed and, well, just plain bad - much like the 1982 original - but because it knows and makes fun of that, it plays for a smart and entertaining ride.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Comments (5)
Christianity Today

Momoa and Nichols strike few sparks ...

August 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A glum affair.

August 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Conan delivers good bloody fun.

August 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Illinois Times
Illinois Times

Comes across as though it has a vendetta against its own target audience.... watching the film is, albeit in a small way, kind of like being punished for enjoying barbarian films.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

A humorless endurance test from the director who previously desecrated horror staples both good (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre) and bad (Friday the 13th) with so-what? remakes, this Conan fails in practically every respect.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Conan the Barbarian

Conan the annoying, turns into Conan the irritating and then grows up to be Conan the Egotistical and Conan the unnecessarily violent. Violence has its place in film, and maybe I'm just getting old but it was relentless and tiresome and more than a little gratuitous. I know it was to be expected from a film like this but still, there is only so much one can take. The original was 80's cheese and all the better for it, this one takes itself far too seriously and fails because of it. Enough of the pointless remakes please Marcus Nispel!
November 5, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Pointless remake of Schwarzenegger's classic that neither has the protagonist's charisma, outstanding soundtrack or feral atmosphere of the original. That being said, the film does look good and presents one action scene after another, making it impossible to get bored or to think all that much about what's going on.
September 20, 2013
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

What happened here?! I was really looking forward to seeing this as I do have love for these sword n sorcery fantasy adventure flicks of old and had high hopes for this remake/reboot. Yes I accept the obvious cheese factors and possible over the top silliness of the whole concept, if you love the old 'Conan/Red Sonja/Dragonslayer/Beastmaster' type films then you surely do, but I was amazed at the lack of imagination used for this new film.

I really feel disappointed with this in every aspect, Momoa certainly looked the part but he wasn't quite big enough for me, not enough muscle tone, he played the part OK but there was too much needless sword twirling and fancy pointless showmanship. Lang and McGowan didn't really thrill me either, they both looked like characters outta 'Star Trek' and were simply dull, much like all the characters, just your run of the mill faceless baddies with silly haircuts. Poor old Perlman looked like a flipping 'Wookie' or Neanderthal in his get up, the abominable swordsman.

I just felt a real lack of inspiration throughout the film, the location and sets were drab, nothing really exciting actually happened and the finale was a mess of bad bluescreen, poor models and poor CGI. Throw into the mix a very lackluster giant octopus monster thing (terrible CGI again) which didn't really do anything, totally mediocre and has been done before over and over *sigh*.

Yes the film sticks to original source material by staying violent with plenty of blood and gore (although the blood was again bad CGI in places), but the film just felt like it lacked care, just tossing together all the old cliches and old ideas and throwing out yet another lame reboot/remake..whatever.
March 9, 2013
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

I really do like Jason Momoa, but I have trouble pinning down exactly why I didn't like this movie. Maybe I found the plot a little bit too crazy to make sense. It seems like Conan's tribe is a bunch of bloodthirsty destroyers. Why are we siding with them over the other bloodthirsty destroyers? Because they look less creepy? Flip a coin. It really annoys me in movies when the female characters are not actually characters at all, but more like devices to spur other characters into action by nagging them, requiring a heroic rescue or giving them something to screw. Tamara was the worst offender. Where are all the female barbarians? Off fighting with the Amazons?
November 23, 2012
MidnightMadwoman

Super Reviewer

    1. Conan: I live. I love. I slay. And I am content.
    – Submitted by Michael D (20 months ago)
    1. Conan: I WILL FOLLOW YOU ALL THE WAY TO HELL!
    – Submitted by Peter W (2 years ago)
    1. Conan: How many names do I need?
    – Submitted by Rory B (2 years ago)
    1. Conan: Where is the man who killed my father?
    – Submitted by Hailey D (2 years ago)
    1. Conan: Woman, come here now!
    – Submitted by Adrian G (2 years ago)
    1. Conan: By Crom!
    – Submitted by Joshua C (2 years ago)
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