Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Reviews

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 25, 2014
With a strange mix of varying English and American accents and the weight of a film with too many subplots, Robin Hood strains credibility. It also feels long.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is a murky, unfocused, violent and depressing version of the classic story, with little of the lightheartedness and romance we expect from Robin Hood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 4, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
This is the kind of scriptwriting where whenever someone falls there is always a fortuitous haystack to break the fall. When swords strike each other or a wall there are always sparks.
Philip Thomas
Empire Magazine
April 25, 2014
With so much money and talent at work here, though, this latest incarnation of the legend is considerably smaller than the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
The best that can be said for Costner's performance is that it is pleasant. At worst, it can be argued whether it is more properly described as wooden or cardboard.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 22, 2009
...the film is so broadly characterized by melodramatics and overacting, it made ripe pickings for Mel Brooks two years later with his parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 25, 2014
Its ostensibly canny match of star and subject assures that Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves will fill theaters. But will it send moviegoers out enthralled? The message from this cracked crystal ball is: Naaah.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 6, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Jurgen Fauth
About.com
October 15, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 19, 2003
Laughably bad. No threat to Errol Flynn.
| Original Score: 1/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 25, 2014
It's a slick and sassy attempt to get mileage from a dependable vehicle by wrapping it in as many sure-fire gimmicks as the filmmakers can cram onto the screen.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 13, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves has pomp and scale; what it lacks is something essential -- a sense of "Once Upon a Time" wonder, the exultant, heady thrill of legend.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The only redistribution of wealth engaged in by this Robin Hood occurs at the box office when you hand over your money for admission. What a large scale mess this is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Costner and his associates seem to have approached their subject without a clear idea about the kind of movie they wanted to make.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 18, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 15, 2005
Poorly directed by reynolds, the film stars a passable Kevin Costner in the Erroll Flynn role, but it's the supporting cast that shines, especially Alan Rickman.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 15, 2009
The popularity of over-scored, "let's hug" bullshit like Robin Hood predicts the certainty of a one-term George H.W. presidency better than any number of Gallup polls.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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