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Kingdom of Heaven (2005)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 185
Fresh: 72 | Rotten: 113

Although it's an objective and handsomely presented take on the Crusades, Kingdom of Heaven lacks depth.


Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 19

Although it's an objective and handsomely presented take on the Crusades, Kingdom of Heaven lacks depth.



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Ridley Scott directed this epic-scale historical drama inspired by the events of the Crusades of the 12th century. Balian (Orlando Bloom) is a humble French blacksmith who is searching for a reason to go on after the death of his wife and children. Balian is approached by Godfrey of Ibelin (Liam Neeson), a fabled knight who has briefly returned home after serving in the East. Godfrey informs Balian that he is his true father, and urges the blacksmith to join him as he and his forces journey to


Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics

William Monahan

Oct 11, 2005


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All Critics (197) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (72) | Rotten (113) | DVD (38)

As Balian and his people withstand the might of Saladin's fiery projectiles, siege towers and the usual computer-generated swarm of soldiers, it's hard not to think we're really watching The Lord of the Rings IV: Legolas Defends Jerusalem.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (4)
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Is Orlando Bloom enough of a star to sustain a $100 million costume drama? The answer turns out to be yes.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (4)
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Since we barely know what's at stake -- we're too confused and bored to care -- all this fighting means nothing to us, and yet Scott still hopes to rev us up with it.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: | Comments (9)
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Considerably more ambitious and significantly less satisfying than Gladiator.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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An epic about Christian crusaders who happen to be liberal humanists willing to die for the sake of religious tolerance. That's just ... weird.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Slate | Comments (6)
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Mostly uninvolving; a movie you admire for its craft rather than enjoying for its passion.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Cinema's least potent leading man, Orlando Bloom, stinks up the screen in Ridley Scott's unsatisfying "epic" about the Crusades...

June 20, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comments (12)

Just another sword and sandal epic...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Kingdom of Heaven is profoundly relevant for our troubled times.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

... an extraordinary work of art, a plea for religious tolerance that works because of sheer filmmaking prowess and good, old-fashioned storytelling. (Director's Cut)

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review | Comments (2)
DVD Review

One of the more violent films in recent memory. But maybe the violence serves a purpose-it keeps your mind off the inanities of the plot.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

quick review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Kingdom inevitably invites comparisons to Gladiator, Scott's last major epic. But it is a better film, partly because it does less violence to the history.

September 25, 2006 | Comment (1)
Christianity Today

Kingdom of Heaven has little going for it outside of its lavish and gory battle sequences.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

...the movie survives its lackluster star and cluttered plot, thanks largely to director Ridley Scott, who makes most of the goings-on fun while we're sitting through them.

October 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

There's an audience for "Kingdom of Heaven" it's just difficult to know where to find them.

August 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comments (2)
Cinema Sight

Kingdom of Heaven isn't quite the next Gladiator with a fair share of boring moments, but it tries hard

July 6, 2005 Full Review

In the end, Bloom shows promise, Scott's work still impresses, and the epic film lives to fight another day.

June 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Any film daring to touch upon the rivalry of the children of Abraham deserves to be appreciated for its candor & for its delicacy. Plus, come on, it's Ridley Scott.

May 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinerina

dives into the middle of a political-religious morass and still manages to avoid any significant implications

May 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Where have all the world conquerors gone?

May 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Most of the actors have elected to play their knights like crotchety Western gunslingers, a bizarre choice that blows a good deal of fresh air into the stuffy pageantry.

May 20, 2005
Philadelphia Weekly

Ridley Scott shies from addressing faith.

May 18, 2005 Full Review

So much attention has been spent on making a big, lavish piece of Oscar bait that the soul of the movie is completely ripped out.

May 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

"Kingdom of Heaven" isn't what I'd been praying for from Ridley Scott.

May 15, 2005 Full Review
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

... Flawed, but Scott is such an accomplished filmmaker that he is still able to shape it into an entertaining picture.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Kingdom of Heaven

Interesting subject matter, and capable (if overly glossy) cinematography, but something in this film just didn't come out right. I think there was too much build up to most events; though the plot was interesting, everything developed so slowly that the sting had been taken out of the events before they occurred. That, and I didn't buy Orlando Bloom in this part - too young and too pretty. Didn't reward the investment it required, and could have trimmed some fat to make for a better watch.
August 30, 2012

Super Reviewer

Ridley Scott takes it slow and steady with Kingdom of Heaven.It is no secret that this film goes to great lengths to tell its story. The run time, for one, is a massive 3 hours. It isn't a quick sit through, nor does it feel like it with only a moderate pace. On the other hand, the costumes and set design are visually pleasing. When it comes to the story, there isn't a whole lot that can be deemed unnecessary, as most of it does fit nicely together.The violence is bloody and the action is as it should be. Nothing fancy when it comes to the choreography; just large clashes, especially in the final hour.The cast is solid. The supporting roles tend to outshine Orlando Bloom, but since the characters come and go, it is Bloom that ends up with the most to deliver. The likes of Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, and David Thewlis are just a few of the standouts throughout the picture.Kingdom of Heaven isn't a masterpiece, but it is a recommendable picture if one has 3 hours to spare.
July 14, 2012
JY Skacto

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The director`s cut of the film makes this a materpiece. It adds more accuracy and vison to Scott`s firece and bloody epic of dazzling power and dedication. An exhilerating and spectacular action-packed adventure epic. A stunning, stylish, deeply moving and jaw-dropping historical epic that ranks with Gladiator and Braveheart. Director, Ridley Scott has crafted another fine masterwork. It`s jammend with awesome and well-crafted battle sequences. A truly magnificent cast. Orlando Bloom is teriffic, crafting a surprisingly enduring and compelling performance. Liam Neeson and Jeremy Irons are superb. Edward Norton is brilliant.
May 14, 2012

Super Reviewer

As much as I enjoyed this, I think I would have liked it more had I watched the director's cut and not the flawed and disliked (by Scott himself) theatrical cut. Regardless, this is a sweeping epic that is beautiful to look at, has amazing costumes, sets, art direction, and cinematography, and features music that is a delight to listen to.

It's a given that this, and others like it, are historically inaccurate and fictionalized. That is to be expected. I may be a historian, and although the events and time depicted are not my speciality, I have taken a class on the Crusades, and can weigh in more easily about what is right and wrong with the depictions. Whether I have extensive knowledge of things in any historical film or not, I am generally very tolerant and understanding of things, and try not to do too much condemning.

I wished there was better character development and better plotting, both of which I hope the director's cut fixes. The performances were generally pretty good, and while I don't think Orlando Bloom can quite carry a film on his own yet (like he has to here), he's getting better .The supporting cast is terrific, with major props going to Irons, Green (despite murkiness with her character), the unrecognizable Norton, and the guy who played Saladin.

The battle scenes are terrific, and they are choreograped and executed quite well. It's also nice to note that the use of extras and real animals and props took place over CGI. Even though they are flawed, the non battle scens are good too; Maybe I happened to like them even more since I am a scholar, and can appreciate the dialogue heavy socio/political/religious content. Some of the dialogue is kinda bad, but the other great stuff makes up for it.

So yeah, this version is heavily flawed, but I still enjoyed it. When it comes to epic film making, Ridley Scott is a modern master.
July 31, 2011
Chris Weber

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    1. Balian: How could you be in hell, when you are in my heart.
    – Submitted by Ariska N (15 months ago)
    1. Saladin: A king does not kill a king. Were you not close enough to a great king to learn by his example?
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (23 months ago)
    1. Sibylla: There will be a day when you will wish you had done a little evil to do a greater good.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (23 months ago)
    1. Godfrey: Be brave in the face of your enemies. Be upright so that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. That is your oath, [slaps Balian] and that is so you remember it. Rise a Knight, and a Baron of Ibelin.
    – Submitted by Jamie K (2 years ago)
    1. Sibylla: Sometimes it is better to do a lesser evil to do a greater good.
    – Submitted by Rafia A (2 years ago)
    1. Balian: What could a king ask of a man like me?
    2. Godfrey: A better world than has ever been seen. A kingdom of conscience. A kingdom of heaven.
    – Submitted by Daniel K (2 years ago)
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