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Robin Hood (2010)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 239
Fresh: 103 | Rotten: 136

Ridley Scott's revisionist take on this oft-told tale offers some fine acting and a few gripping action sequences, but it's missing the thrill of adventure that made Robin Hood a legend in the first place.

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 24

Ridley Scott's revisionist take on this oft-told tale offers some fine acting and a few gripping action sequences, but it's missing the thrill of adventure that made Robin Hood a legend in the first place.

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Director Ridley Scott and actor Russell Crowe reunite for their fifth big-screen outing, a retelling of the Robin Hood legend featuring the Gladiator star in the titular role. A bowman in the army of Richard Coeur de Lion, virtuous rogue Robin Hood rises from an unlikely background to become a hero to the impoverished people of Nottingham and lover to the beautiful Lady Marion (Cate Blanchett). Cyrus Voris, Ethan Reiff, and Brian Helgeland collaborate on the screenplay for a costume adventure

PG-13,

Drama, Action & Adventure

Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris

Sep 21, 2010

$105.2M

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All Critics (240) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (103) | Rotten (136) | DVD (5)

We never even get to see Robin steal from the rich and give to the poor. That's because the film is a prequel in search of a sequel. With any luck, we won't get one.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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The film is pretty, and there are a few solid moments every hour. But considered as a work of cinema, with paid professionals involved, it's an extremely lackluster story.

May 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comments (2)
Film.com
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Yes, it's dour, but it's also gritty and not nearly as silly as most "Robin Hood" adaptations.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (2)
Richard Roeper.com
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"And so the legend begins," the new movie tells us at the end. But it's too late.

May 17, 2010 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Robin and Marian are played by a scowling Russell Crowe and a grim Cate Blanchett, who has the face of a wooden squaw stained by decades of cigar smoke. I can't remember a more un-fun-looking couple.

May 17, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Magazine | Comments (6)
New York Magazine
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As in so many summer behemoths, the real stars are the projectiles-in this case, arrows with their own point-of-view shots, zipping through the air and finding their targets with pinpoint accuracy.

May 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (3)
Chicago Reader
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It's a prequel of sorts to the popular folklore, a prequel that nobody asked for.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

Dark and depressing, this adventure lacks all of the excitement and joy of many of Robin Hood's previous adventures.

December 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Despite [its] problems, it is still worth seeing mainly because of its fascinating take on the characters.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

I thought [Robin Hood] was going to be the best film of the year ... [it] never gels.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

There are fleeting moments when Scott's camera captures some of the mystery and magic of the greenwood, catches sunlight and shadows and glancing figures flitting through the trees - and you glimpse the enduring potency of the Robin Hood myth.

July 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

A solid change of pace for those seeking something a bit more substantial amid the sound-and-fury norm.

April 8, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Ridley Scott brings his usual keen cinematic eye and pain-staking attention to period detail to Robin Hood, bringing an uninspired script to life without a grander purpose than to just exist as a typical Summer movie.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

I don't know if anyone can better direct the kind of swords-and-horses action on display here.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Robin Hood looks great, with the sort of well-executed mise-en-scène we've come to expect from Scott, but it's a lot of sound and thunder that amounts to nothing.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Comment (1)
ComingSoon.net

If you don't want a chillier, wetter Gladiator then why are you even thinking of buying a ticket?

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

There's so much stuff crammed in here that the filmmakers forget to tell a truly engaging story.

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comment (1)
What Culture

Good but not great. The meatier story always follows the introduction, right?

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex

It's a blah story with roots in neither history nor popular myth, and it doesn't set up Robin Hood as someone we'd care to follow after this story is told.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Scott's adaptation ... [is] about separating the legend from the man; it's about bringing Robin of the Hood out of the stratosphere of adulation and presenting him as a regular, human man.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

I'm thinking the title of the movie should be Ridley Scott's Robin Hood - How to make the English hate the French again.

September 28, 2010 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Comments (5)
3BlackChicks Review

With its cast of thousands and impressive sets, Robin Hood looks great but this is not the gritty re-imagining of the Merry Men that many had hoped for - in fact, it hardly even counts as a Robin Hood film.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: The Standard | Comments (3)

The Robin Hood we get from Scott and Crowe is neither rollicking fun nor clever re-imagining.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: KPBS.org | Comment (1)
KPBS.org

Scott gives the proceedings an air of sombre importance, resulting in a film that (...) feels strangely laboured and lacking in the pleasure that even the darkest adventure can provide.

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: France24
France24

full review at Movies for the Masses

July 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comments (5)
Movies for the Masses

Audience Reviews for Robin Hood

A truly polarizing film. Writing this review a couple of months after seeing it, it feels forgettable, but I remember being entertained, and thinking that the story was well-organized with a few clever angles in the adaptation. I'm saying the same about this as I did about Body of Lies: mediocre for Ridley Scott is still better work than a lot of Hollywood garbage.
August 9, 2013
danperry17

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A decent enough film, with good production value. However it's no Gladiator this time out, in truth it feels more like a prequel to what led up to the tale of Robin Hood. It can't top prince of Thieves though for me.
February 10, 2013
Deano78

Super Reviewer

The movie sets the background to the legend of Robin Hood. Russell has got a lot of stick over his accent but his character is endearing. He starts the movie as an expert archer in King Richard's army, who invaded France during the crusades. When the King dies, Robin and his men return to England. The new King John is greedy and corrupt, oppressing his people with heavy taxes and killing people who won't pay. Robin goes to Nottingham where he meets and falls for Marion. Fryer Tuck and the sheriff of Nottingham are introduced to Robin. They join forces to defend England against the French invasion by King Philip. Great story and battle scenes. Cate Blanchett plays a great fiesty Marion. Russell is the perfect dashing hero. I loved this movie as there was fighting, betrayal and romance. Simply brilliant. I think it's my favourite Russell Crowe movie. I grew up with Kevin Costner's Robin Hood but this movie is much better. Ridley Scott at his best.
January 31, 2013
thmtsang
T Tsang

Super Reviewer

Where Michael Curtiz' more famous version was long on the fable of the forest outlaw who shook up the reigning powers-that-were, Ridley Scott injects his version with Middle Age facts and realities making for a grimier fable, more muscular. A lot of the fun is here too, the Merrie Men bawdier, the women lustier, and the politics probably, more accurately, bloodier.
May 11, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

    1. Robin Longstride: Rise and rise again, until lambs become lions.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (12 months ago)
    1. Robin Longstride: The laws of this land enslave people to its king. A king who demands loyalty but offers nothing in return.
    – Submitted by Benny B (2 years ago)
    1. Prince John: For the crimes of theft and incitement to cause unrest, who pretended to be a knight of the realm, a crime punishable by death. I declare him, from this day forth, to be outlaw!
    – Submitted by Benny B (2 years ago)
    1. Robin Longstride: Rise and rise again, untill lambs become lions.
    – Submitted by James G (2 years ago)
    1. Robin Longstride: If you thought it was hard getting wages from him when he was alive, try getting wages from a dead king
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
    1. Robin Longstride: In the name of King John, pay or burn.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
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