Conan the Barbarian (2011)

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Critic Consensus: 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.


Movie Info

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

Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert E. Howard, Joshua Oppenheimer, Thomas Dean Donnelly, Sean Hood
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 22, 2011
Box Office: $21.3M
Runtime:
Lionsgate - Official Site

Cast


as Conan

as Khalar Zym

as Marique

as Young Conan

as Fassir - High Priest

as Ukafa

as Fialla

as City Guard #1

as City Guard #2

as Lieutenant

as Young Marique

as Slavegirl #1

as Slavegirl #2

as Sacrificial Victim

as Acolyte Priest

as Pict #1

as Pict #1/Horse Warrio...

as Nun (Student #1)

as Nun (Student #2)

as Cimmerian Elder (Ura...

as Prison Clerk

as Monk

as Monk

as Quarter Master

as Young Marique

as Belly Dancer

as Belly Dancer

as Topless Wench

as Topless Wench

as Topless Wench

as Topless Wench

as Topless Wench

as Topless Wench

as Topless Wench

as Topless Wench

as Topless Wench

as Prison Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Conan the Barbarian

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (30)

In some ways, I even liked it better than the original because it didn't take itself so deathly seriously.

Full Review… | August 24, 2013
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.

Full Review… | March 1, 2013
We Got This Covered

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

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
Tribune News Service

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

Full Review… | October 2, 2012
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.

Full Review… | January 2, 2012
What Culture

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

Full Review… | December 28, 2011
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Audience Reviews for Conan the Barbarian

Hey, its Conan. If you were looking for the Ten Commandments, look elsewhere. And you get what you pay for here.

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Kevin M. Williams

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.

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Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Marcus Nispel seems to be the go to guy when it comes to remaking films. He already has the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th under his belt, along with the Viking action film Pathfinder under his belt. With this remake of Conan the Barbarian, we get one of his better films, this isn't an awful remake, in fact it's quite good and entertaining, but it won't stand out either. The film is far better than what critics have said about, it and it's an exhilarating, brutal and pulse pounding action picture that is purely designed to thrill and nothing more. Don't look for a great story here, you won't find it, but what you can expect is bloody action that is really what stands out about the film. Jason Momoa who would later portray the menacing Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones portrays the lead character and he does a fairly good job in his role as well. Sure, it's not as memorable as the Schwarzenegger classic, but it's still a fun, action packed mindless popcorn film that is worth seeing if you enjoy these types of action films. Although the original Conan film is the better version, this remake is quite good for what it tries to accomplish. In terms of reboots, this one was better than expected and is worth seeing if you enjoy mindless action. However if you're a diehard fan of the original, I would recommend that you skip this one, as it's quite different, and they've changed quite a bit from the original movie. No matter what your feelings are, the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic will always be the best film, but for what is delivered here is a fun, entertaining film that's quite exciting considering the fact that it's a remake. In terms of remakes, this film isn't great by any means, but is far better than what critics have said about it.

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Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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