A Knight's Tale Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 22, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 6, 2001
Instead of pulling young audiences imaginatively back into the past, A Knight's Tale cheapens the process by demonstrating that there's no essential difference between then and now.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
June 11, 2001
The movie promises to rock you, and much of the time it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 4, 2001
The result is half Python, half Ivanhoe -- and not as much fun as either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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May 21, 2001
You might find yourself smiling and laughing all the way through it.
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Ebert & Roeper
May 17, 2001
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
May 14, 2001
Essentially, it's a screenful of pseudo-medieval popcorn that hits a high enough level of goofy fun to transcend a pretty blatant marketing strategy aimed at the MTV demographic.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
May 11, 2001
May please aficionados of oldies stations and Xtreme sports but few others.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 11, 2001
Basically a thrift-store bin of borrowed ideas and careworn teen cliches, A Knight's Tale executes one of the most drastic wastes of promise this side of a gifted high school slackoff.
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John Zebrowski
Seattle Times
May 11, 2001
A meandering story packed with corny moments, mostly dull acting and a star who, hype aside, shares only an accent with fellow Australian Russell Crowe.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
May 11, 2001
More often than not, it's fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 11, 2001
It will rock you -- straight to sleep.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
May 11, 2001
Shamelessly manipulative.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 11, 2001
A solidly entertaining popcorn movie.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 11, 2001
Strip away its 14th Century trappings and A Knight's Tale is just a Middle Ages Rocky that spares no cliche in its unduly long, 2 1/4 hours.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
May 11, 2001
Spirited but uneven.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
May 11, 2001
Take it for what it is and you'll find it quite enjoyable, especially if you're a female between 9 and, oh, 79.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 11, 2001
A Knight's Tale should be ridiculous, and it is: ridiculously entertaining.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
May 11, 2001
Predictable and repetitive.
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May 11, 2001
The results at best are highly uneven, but still interesting. At worst they are strained and repetitive. It all depends on your tolerance level towards gimmicks, and your desire level for something -- anything -- different.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 11, 2001
The movie has an innocence and charm that grow on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
May 11, 2001
By the time the big grudge match comes around and William and the no-account Count Adhemar (Rufus Sewell) meet in center court, whatever charm and good humor were engendered by this adventure have long since worn off.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 11, 2001
A Knight's Tale is a bouncy pop song of a movie, the snappy/happy kind that puts a grin on your face and a tap to your toe, shifting the heart into high and the mind into neutral.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 10, 2001
A 14th-century good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 10, 2001
Bewildering but never boring.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
May 10, 2001
The picture itself is good-humored, but bland and predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 10, 2001
The film's attempt to vary the pace and provide a noticeable dose of romance as a plot alternative turns out to be more tedious than even the jousting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Gemma Files
Film.com
May 10, 2001
Will A Knight's Tale have a long shelf-life? Hell, no. But will it do for this Friday, preferably with a date? Hell, yes.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
May 10, 2001
Good, clean, chivalrous fun shamelessly aimed at the young.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
May 10, 2001
A rousing, rollicking mix that makes cheering for this populist knight easy, self-indulgent fun.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 10, 2001
A dumb summer movie done with smarts.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 10, 2001
An amazingly entertaining film of high adventure and equally high camp.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
May 10, 2001
That A Knight's Tale aims only so high, and risks credibility in favor of laughing-gas intoxication every step of the way, should condemn it to mediocrity. But instead, the film emerges victorious.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 10, 2001
This is history made smaller than life, Middle Ages pageantry interpreted for stadium spectators with limited attention spans from the age of Whasssup? ads and foam rubber fingers that scream 'We're Number One!'
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 10, 2001
Those who like Queen will find the love-and-honor stuff boring while those looking for a touch of Camelot magic will find the hip stuff annoying and mood-breaking.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ed Park
Village Voice
May 8, 2001
Mulletless postpubescents may find that the uncreative anachronisms kiss more ers than that dude in the Miller's Tale.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 7, 2001
Most of the time we're laughing at the movie not with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 26, 2001
What carries the day are the actors and splendid production values.