Critics Consensus

Not even Ridley Scott's gorgeously realized set pieces can save Legend from its own tawdry tale -- though it may be serviceable for those simply looking for fantasy eye candy.



Total Count: 39


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A peasant hero battles a demonic underworld prince who seeks to plunge the world into an ice age. When the evil prince captures a fair maiden, the hero rallies an army of elves to save her, and defeat his diabolical foe once and for all.


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Critic Reviews for Legend

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  • Legend is not without whimsical touches, but it surely could have used more humor and invention.

    Mar 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • You are caught up in a morality play... the deepest significance of which the makers of this PG movie are apparently betting the adolescents of America will instinctively comprehend.

    Mar 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • I don't want to remember any more about Legend than to make sure I include it in my ''worst films of 1986'' list and never rent it when it comes out as a video cassette.

    Mar 27, 2019 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Legend may turn out to be legendary, but not in the way the filmmakers intended.

    Mar 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Legend is a fairytale produced on a grand scale... At the same time, the basic premise is alarmingly thin, a compendium of any number of ancient fairytales.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Beautifully shot and designed, but in a cloyingly self-conscious manner, the film lacks narrative drive.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Legend

  • Oct 03, 2015
    Legend seems to be one of those movies where if you enjoyed it as a kid, you can enjoy it again years later. Even if it is not as good as you remembered, it can still evoke nostalgia and be enjoyable for that reason. For myself, I never saw Legend when growing up but with the name Ridley Scott attached I was hoping for great effects and an adventurous ride. Unfortunately, Legend really is a movie for kids. I got about halfway in and, while I didn't hate it, I realized there was no need to watch the rest. If I had seen it as a kid, I probably would have enjoyed it. It does have imagination and adventure but is also rather silly/campy.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2015
    [Director's Cut] More visually interesting than anything else. Befuddling but not boring.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2015
    Fantastic sets, costumes and relatively good acting do not make up for the silliness of the plot in this 1980s teen-boy fantasy flick. It's fun to see Cruise breaking into the major Hollywood ranks, be fore the embarrassing couch-jumping incident, but in the end, it's still Cruise and his skin-deep acting. Marginal fun, but this is one Legend that deserves to be forgotten.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2014
    I really wanted to like Legend, I really did, & given that I'm such a sucker for fairy tales I had high hopes for this. But what Legend has boasting in beautiful costumes & a phenomenal performance from Tim Curry in quite possibly the most badass looking demon costume ever doesn't make up for its generic fantasy plot & thinly written story. Now, if Scott would have made the movie focus more on Darkness, change the story to something less cliche, & a more interesting set of characters then Legend could have been fantastic. Sadly the storyline drags to a bore, & its characters other than Darkness are completely uninteresting. The story isn't very captivating nor engaging, & is wasted on being generic while also focusing on a horribly executed love interest between two actors with no chemistry. The whole "darkness taking over light" plotline isn't very original at all. Much praise goes to it's costumes & effects, as can be expected from Scott. But Darkness is one amazing costume, character & design overall, & Tim Curry once again proves his genius acting skills by dominating the role. It's very unfortunate that a character like this had very small screen time. I WISH the movie focused a lot more on him than anyone else. It's not a bad movie overall, but it has a lot of noticeable flaws that could have been fixed. If anything I'd LOVE to see Ridley Scott remake this movie with a better story, bring back Tim Curry as Darkness (I really can't think of any other actor that could possibly do better), & more interesting ideas. In fact, it should be darker.
    Frisby 2 Super Reviewer

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