Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is an entertainment without a particular point of view.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
While the makers of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves may have set out to bury the poor old duffer of Sherwood Forest in a welter of trendy banter, they have ended up burying themselves as well.
Much as I admire Costner, it is the very qualities of honesty, honor and sincerity he projects so forcefully that encumber this Robin.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
There's no subtlety in this Robin Hood, but subtlety isn't everything: Grit and obviousness have coarser charms, and the director makes much of these.
| Original Score: 4/5
The fight sequences are explosive, the physical production is impressive, and the supporting performances are full of juice.
| Original Score: 3/4
No longer a study in swashbuckling bravura, it is a depressive political allegory in which wit is as rare as a ray of sun in the gray British sky.
| Original Score: 2/4
As a piece of escapism, this deluxe, action-heavy, 2-hour-and-21-minute Robin Hood gets the job done.
| Original Score: B-
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.
The mix of comedy, '90s sensibility, and swashbuckling action is more hit than miss, even if the overall effect is rather slapdash.
Mr. Costner and his associates seem to have approached their subject without a clear idea about the kind of movie they wanted to make.
Fair damsels and noble sirs, you must free yourselves of these wearisome observations. This is a state-of-the-art retelling of a classic.
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.
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.