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King Arthur (2004)

King Arthur (2004)

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Critic Consensus: The magic is gone, leaving a dreary, generic action movie.

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Historians have thought for centuries that King Arthur was only a myth, but the legend was based on a real hero, torn between his private ambitions and his public sense of duty. A reluctant leader, Arthur wishes only to leave Britain and return to the peace and stability of Rome. Before he can head for Rome, one final mission leads him and his Knights of the Round Table, Lancelot, Galahad, Bors, Tristan, and Gawain to the conclusion that when Rome is gone, Britain needs a king--someone not only to defend against the current threat of invading Saxons, but to lead the isle into a new age. Under the guidance of Merlin, a former enemy, and the beautiful, courageous Guinevere by his side, Arthur will have to find the strength within himself to change the course of history.
Rating:
PG-13 (for intense battle sequences, a scene of sensuality and some language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Box Office:
$51,726,421.00
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Cast

Clive Owen
as Arthur
Ioan Gruffudd
as Lancelot
Mads Mikkelsen
as Tristan
Joel Edgerton
as Gawain
Hugh Dancy
as Galahad
Ray Stevenson
as Dagonet
Keira Knightley
as Guinevere
Til Schweiger
as Cynric
Pat Kinevane
as Horton
Ivano Marescotti
as Bishop Germanius
Ken Stott
as Marius Honorius
Valeria Cavalli
as Fulcinia
Alan Devine
as British Scout
David Murray
as Merlin's Lieutenant
Ned Dennehy
as Mental Monk
Phelim Drew
as Obnoxious Monk
Des Braiden
as Third Monk
Malachy McKenna
as Cerdic Scout
Brian McGuinness
as Cerdic Officer
Patrick Leech
as Cerdic Officer
Bosco Hogan
as Bishop Decoy
David Wilmot
as Woad Killed by Lancelot
Lochlann O'Mearain
as Roman Commander
Paul McGlinchey
as Mercenary
Dessie Gallagher
as Mercenary
Maria Gladkowska
as Arthur's Mother
Shane Murray-Corcoran
as Young Arthur
Lesley-Ann Shaw
as Scottish Village Girl
Joe McKinney
as Mangled Saxon
Gerry O'Brien
as Woad Advisor
Brian Condon
as Cerdic Bodyguard
Chick Allen
as Saxon
Elliot Henderson-Boyle
as Young Lancelot
Clive Russell
as Lancelot's Father
Stephanie Putson
as Lancelot's Mother
Graham McTavish
as Roman Officer
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Critic Reviews for King Arthur

All Critics (185) | Top Critics (40)

A title card says this King Arthur, grimly directed by Antoine Fuqua, is based on the latest research into the mythic past. Maybe so. But one can't help thinking the research that really counted was that into the more recent box-office charts.

Full Review… | July 15, 2004
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Gladiator lite.

July 15, 2004
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

I loved the notion of the Dark Ages as the Wild West with swords. Thumbs up.

July 12, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

If this is history demystified, give me myth.

Full Review… | July 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's hard to care about a valiant groping for accuracy when a story is so badly told you can't tell what the devil is going on.

Full Review… | July 10, 2004
Salon.com
Top Critic

By going back to its origins and dusting itself off, the King Arthur story has proved itself to have a very contemporary resonance.

Full Review… | July 9, 2004
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for King Arthur

There's some blarney about "searching for historical fact" woven into the story but basically what you get is an old timey adventure/propaganda/nationalism piece about how ENGLAND! (always said in capital letters w/an exclamation in this film) rose from the ashes of nations to become A LAND OF FREE MEN! (They let some women come along with 'em, too.) Ehh.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Great war film! Bizarre history angle, but I loved it!

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

King Arthur is another mediocre action film by director Antoine Fuqua, who isn't that skilled as a director to begin with. I felt that the films action scenes were well done, but unfortunately that's about it going for it. The plot is under developed, and never really interesting. I think it's a great shame because King Arthur could have been quite an epic film, unfortunately, it isn't. Fuqua's direction is clumsy and unfocused, and the film suffers because of it. Under a different director, the film could have succeeded, but the film is a mediocre attempt at a historical epic, and the end result is a film that doesn't really make you satisfied. The casting choices for this film are very questionable as well. Aside from Sin City and Shoot Em' Up, I'm not a fan of Clive Owen, and in this film he's pretty bad. So is Keira Knightleey, who usually is a good choice for period pieces, but this isn't a period piece film that she should've starred in. Most of the cast are not right for the part, and Fuqua doesn't know how to craft an action epic, and the flaws are apparent on-screen. The film could have been much better; unfortunately the result is a film that is a badly acted and plot mess that will make you lose interest halfway through the end of the film. King Arthur could almost be seen as a guilty pleasure; however, I think the mediocrity of this film is too much for me to see it that way. I don't view King Arthur as an awful film, but almost. The film could have been much better with a better, much developed storyline and a better cast. Oh well, don't get overly excited before watching this film, you may end up disappointed, I was.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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