A Knight's Tale (2001)



Critic Consensus: Once you get past the anachronism, A Knight's Tale becomes a predictable, if spirited, Rocky on horseback.

Movie Info

This crowd-pleasing medieval adventure tale is very loosely inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and mixes the anachronistic elements of modern-day rock music and colloquialisms with a period setting and characters. Heath Ledger stars as William Thatcher, a low-born 14th century squire who, in a fit of inspired spontaneity, replaces his deceased employer as the competitor at a jousting competition. Jousting is a pastime only permitted to knights, who are of noble birth, but … More

Rating: PG-13 (for action violence, some nudity and brief sex-related dialogue)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 25, 2001
Box Office: $55.0M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


as William

as Count Adhemar

as Chaucer

as Roland

as Christiana

as Germaine

as Edward, the Black P...

as Young William

as John Thatcher

as Phillipa Chaucer (un...

as Sir Ector

as Flanders King of Arm...

as Rouen King of Arms

as Sword Official

as Colville's Herald

as Local Earl Lagny

as French Squire

as French Squire

as French Squire

as Relic Seller

as Paris Master of Arms

as London Master of Arm...

as Retired Knight

as Lone Girl

as Man in Stocks

as Lagny Master at Arms

as Smithee
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Critic Reviews for A Knight's Tale

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (39)

Whipping along at speed, with elaborate camera movements and rousing speeches, this knows how to engage a crowd. It's corny, of course, but a guilty pleasure: romantic, diverting, with mildly amusing modern gags.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Slightly edgy medieval tale with rock music.

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Common Sense Media

It's as if Helgeland didn't have enough confidence in his own material's basic appeal that he resorted to desperate pandering.

Full Review… | April 4, 2010

Endless jousting tournaments transpire with lots of balsa wood jousting poles splintering across the screen. It's a classic example of a "'what-on-earth-were-they-thinking" movie...

Full Review… | July 18, 2009

Unmotivated storyline, bad love interest situation, dull leading man, quick plot with no set-up. Lazy movie.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

For all its mainstream exertions, A Knight's Tale is actually something of an experimental melding of old and new.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

Audience Reviews for A Knight's Tale


Ledger didn't rock me but it's still quite a good, enjoyable movie. Paul Bettany 's role as Chaucer was excellent. Loved the soundtrack and didn't mind the anachronisms.

Wildaly M

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Okay spoof of medieval movies but what starts out as a jaunty adventure takes far too long to finish up.

jay nixon

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