First Knight Reviews

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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
April 23, 2008
While director Jerry Zucker seems to have been intent on dragging the film to the mushy middle, it's still more entertaining than most comparable Middle Ages-set movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 72/100
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
April 21, 2008
Goes for a pass as a shallow but occasionally rousing swordfighting flick with a handful of thoughtful scenes...has something those other pictures don't have: Sean Connery as King Arthur.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 16, 2005
Director Zucker is unsuccessful in trying to put a fresh angle on the familiar story, and he is not much helped by his romantic leads, Richard Gere and Julia Ormond.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
August 7, 2004
The out-of-place [Richard] Gere doesn't do justice to the fine performance of [Julia] Ormond.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
April 6, 2003
No Merlin, no magic, no way.
| Original Score: 1/5
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 21, 2003
Bland and over-romanticized treatment of the Arthurian legend. Gere ridiculously miscast as Lancelot. Watch Boorman's EXCALIBUR instead.
| Original Score: 2/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 11, 2003
Whoever thought Richard Gere would make a good Lancelot needs to be found and sterilized.
| Original Score: 1/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 30, 2002
Spectacular entertainment with a king-sized serving of romance and ritual.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Whenever Zucker stops piling on battle scenes as if he were directing Braveheart, his film casts a romantic spell.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 13, 2001
Aside from casting Richard Gere as Lancelot, First Knight marches out as an agreeably intelligent, mature and well-mounted telling of the legendary King Arthur story.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
The problem for him[Gere], and the film, comes when the non-physical acting begins.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
...has so many wild cliffhanger situations that you may expect the film's action to stop at some point as 'To Be Continued . . . ' pops up on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
There's something sick about a Camelot movie in which the point of the great Arthur's death is to bring the lovers together in a guilt-free union.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Colorful, but ultimately disappointing...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eve Zibart
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
There's swordplay to the hilt, but the story itself never quite gets in Gere.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Pillaged of such mainstays as Merlin and Morgan le Fay-as well as magic, majesty and depth-'Camelot' has become 'Camelite.'
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Sean Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
...lots of action and chivalrous pomp, but no magic.
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
With guys like Connery and Gere as your heroes, you don't need cheap tricks. First Knight is just slightly second rate as a result.
| Original Score: 3/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
...lushly romantic, almost quaint...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
[I]f you tingle at the sound of metal unsheathing and the sight of flaming arrows whizzing through moonlight, you'll probably be swept away by this shining Knight in amour.
| Original Score: 3/4
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