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Robin Hood Reviews

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

January 3, 2011
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: D+

May 26, 2010
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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Yes, it's dour, but it's also gritty and not nearly as silly as most "Robin Hood" adaptations.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 3/5

May 21, 2010
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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"And so the legend begins," the new movie tells us at the end. But it's too late.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

May 17, 2010
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

May 17, 2010
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 14, 2010
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

May 14, 2010
Tom Long
Detroit News
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If it's sword-on-sword with arrows-in-the-air action you want, Robin Hood delivers in a big way.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

May 14, 2010
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 14, 2010
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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There is a whole lot of meanwhile in this crowded, lumbering film.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 14, 2010
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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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 Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2/5

May 14, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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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 Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2010
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
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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.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News

May 14, 2010
Dana Stevens
Slate
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

May 14, 2010
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Robin Hood is head and shoulders above the sort of lightheaded epics Hollywood typically offers during the summer season.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 13, 2010
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 13, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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What this Robin Hood lacks in fun it makes up for in epic sweep.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

May 13, 2010
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

May 13, 2010
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

May 13, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Scott's films are usually high on technical polish but iffy in terms of emotional engagement. This one scores on all counts.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 13, 2010
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

May 13, 2010
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

May 13, 2010
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

May 13, 2010
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

May 13, 2010
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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A lot of care went into crafting the handsome production but not enough into making the handsome hero come alive.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 13, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2010
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Robin Hood turns out to be, despite impressive battle scenes and countless horses, an actor's showcase.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 13, 2010
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Robin Hood achieves something you never would have thought possible: it makes you nostalgic for Kevin Costner and Bryan Adams.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 13, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

May 13, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2010
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Simultaneously simplistic and over-plotted, revisionist and predictable...

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 13, 2010
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

May 12, 2010
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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The world probably didn't need another version of this famous tale, even though it arrives with outstanding production values and an impeccable pedigree.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

May 12, 2010
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 12, 2010
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 12, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

May 12, 2010
Todd McCarthy
indieWIRE
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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.

Full Review Source: indieWIRE

May 12, 2010
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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The directorial choices are, for the most part, so lazy, the blockbuster engineering so blatant, that Robin Hood often falls into self-parody.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 11, 2010
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

May 11, 2010
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

May 10, 2010
Justin Chang
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 10, 2010
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