Robin Hood Reviews

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 3, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 26, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
May 21, 2010
Yes, it's dour, but it's also gritty and not nearly as silly as most "Robin Hood" adaptations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 17, 2010
"And so the legend begins," the new movie tells us at the end. But it's too late.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 17, 2010
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.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 14, 2010
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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 14, 2010
Damned if those dual spoilsports, the gladiatorial director Ridley Scott reteamed with his portly star Russell Crowe, haven't drained every drop of merriment right out of the myth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 14, 2010
If it's sword-on-sword with arrows-in-the-air action you want, Robin Hood delivers in a big way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
May 14, 2010
It's a resolutely grim and grubby lesson in 13th-century British history filtered through all the requisite trademarks of a summer blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 14, 2010
There is a whole lot of meanwhile in this crowded, lumbering film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
May 14, 2010
The action's here, there, and everywhere... but all this to-ing and fro-ing fails to advance the narrative with the compelling force you crave in movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 14, 2010
The Robin Hood of myth and moviedom is for the most part AWOL. Why should we have to wait until the last five minutes to see Crowe crack a smile, let alone split an arrow?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 14, 2010
Instead of the usual romantic adventure, Scott and screenwriter Brian Helgeland offer a gritty drama, using the Robin Hood story to depict the birth pangs of liberty. They ground the film in the details of medieval life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
May 14, 2010
In one unfortunate regard, Ridley Scott's grimy Robin Hood lives up to the actions of its legendary character: It, too, robs -- but just from richer movies.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 14, 2010
Pretty much ill-conceived from the ground up but saved by a couple of strong performances and a wealth of well-researched period detail. Not the most elegant defense, but like the movie, it'll do.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 13, 2010
Robin Hood is head and shoulders above the sort of lightheaded epics Hollywood typically offers during the summer season.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 13, 2010
If this truly is Ridley Scott's preferred cut, he has proven unable to justify the existence of yet another Robin Hood film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 13, 2010
What this Robin Hood lacks in fun it makes up for in epic sweep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 13, 2010
Despite its abundant flaws and historical howlers and generally dimwitted tone, Robin Hood is a surprisingly enjoyable work of popcorn cinema, if you're willing to take it on its own terms.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 13, 2010
It's an ersatz epic about men in fights -- grim fights, grinding battles, clanking combats that are repetitive and, in a movie that runs 140 minutes, all but endless.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 13, 2010
Scott's films are usually high on technical polish but iffy in terms of emotional engagement. This one scores on all counts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 13, 2010
Robin Hood boasts graphic battle scenes and ingenious intrigue, a sense of history that may not be accurate but feels authentic, and a love story that smartly plays with gender and Hollywood stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 13, 2010
It doesn't breathe new life into a genre as did Gladiator, Scott's first pairing with Russell Crowe, but it's a brawny reimagining of a beloved old myth, a period popcorn movie turned out with professionalism and gusto.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
May 13, 2010
While Scott is one of the few directors who could field-marshal this sort of spectacle and still deliver a coherent film, simply ending up with a fitfully engaging behemoth of a movie isn't accomplishment enough.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
May 13, 2010
The endless plot twists may be perplexing, but they work to make the movie feel eventful and involving: after 140 minutes, audiences will feel like they've been somewhere, lived through something.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 13, 2010
A lot of care went into crafting the handsome production but not enough into making the handsome hero come alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 13, 2010
Perhaps the worst, and most shameless, aspect of this tedious affair is that it's essentially a prequel for the Robin Hood better known for his redistribution of wealth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 13, 2010
Robin Hood turns out to be, despite impressive battle scenes and countless horses, an actor's showcase.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 13, 2010
Robin Hood achieves something you never would have thought possible: it makes you nostalgic for Kevin Costner and Bryan Adams.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 13, 2010
I liked it. It's on a par with Scott's American Gangster: No revelations, but a satisfying, large-scale genre movie, toned up by its cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 13, 2010
Robin Hood is a high-tech and well made violent action picture using the name of Robin Hood for no better reason than that it's an established brand not protected by copyright.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2010
Simultaneously simplistic and over-plotted, revisionist and predictable...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 12, 2010
I'm all for a new take on an old story. But Scott and his screenwriter, Brian Helgeland, work so mightily to turn Robin 
 into a stolidly noble, pre-notorious version of himself that they forget to make him at all magical. Rousing. A hero of the gle
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 12, 2010
The world probably didn't need another version of this famous tale, even though it arrives with outstanding production values and an impeccable pedigree.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 12, 2010
The swash buckles under the weight of heavy verbiage in Robin Hood, Ridley Scott's well-intended but weakly executed retelling of the ancient woodland hero legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 12, 2010
It's a little too obvious and ham-handed in places to be a really good movie, but any film that lasts two hours and 20 minutes without seeming like a long, hard slog can't be all bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 12, 2010
A dark and brawny version of the Robin Hood legend that anchors itself in English history and loses some of the merriment in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
indieWIRE
May 12, 2010
The villains here chart new territory in one-dimensionality, the essential storyline is bereft of surprise and the picture ends where most Robin Hood tales -- sensibly, as it turns out -- begin.
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
May 11, 2010
The directorial choices are, for the most part, so lazy, the blockbuster engineering so blatant, that Robin Hood often falls into self-parody.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 11, 2010
The problem with Russell Crowe's new take on the legend is that it has one muddy boot in history and the other in fantasy. The middling result is far from a bull's-eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 10, 2010
Scott has an eye -- and it's a very good one -- for sieges of castles, charging horsemen, hand-to-hand combat, glistening swords arcing through the air and deadly arrows whistling toward helpless targets.
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Justin Chang
Variety
May 10, 2010
This physically imposing picture brings abundant political-historical dimensions to its epic canvas, yet often seems devoted to stifling whatever pleasure audiences may have derived from the popular legend.