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King Arthur Reviews

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Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
August 7, 2004
...the cast is mired down iin too much dialogue...
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Mckay
August 4, 2004
makes a more valiant attempt than most, delivering a worthwhile action-drama that is just grounded enough in real history to be intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
August 4, 2004
... There is a lot to like about this latest adaptation of the classic tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
July 29, 2004
Clive Owen is commanding as Arthur
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
July 29, 2004
Attaches itself to the Arthurian legend like some parasitic worm
David Cornelius
July 28, 2004
King Arthur may be a more truthful retelling of the legend, but it's certainly a lot less fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Keyes
July 25, 2004
A brave and admirable little endeavor here that creates a whole lot of grand chaos in just a little over two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 23, 2004
Franzoni's script mixes myth, fact and Hollywood hackwork. Whatever the character's "true identity," Owen's Arthur is one dull blade.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 21, 2004
Offers top-flight entertainment for about half its length before slipping into complete formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
July 21, 2004
Ambiguity, subtlety, and mixed-up heroes are not usually the makings of summer blockbusters, but it's still a fascinating, stirring, great-looking film.
| Original Score: 74/100
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
July 21, 2004
A dim, cruddy collage of Dark Ages, sub-Conan the Barbarian mush. Talk about trashing an awesome bedtime story -- there aren't even any 'Knights who say nee!'
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
July 20, 2004
Seeking realism, director Antoine Fuqua conforms the Arthur legend. He makes it boring.
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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 18, 2004
Whoever designed Knightly's "armor" has to be given a pat on the back by all of us who find her an object of sauciness and desire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
July 16, 2004
This Arthurian tale is more interested in the historical setting than the personalities within it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
July 15, 2004
The lamest blockbuster in some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
July 15, 2004
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 15, 2004
Gladiator lite.
| Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 14, 2004
Turns the Arthurian folks into one-liner spouting generic-buddy-picture characters with dubious hygiene, whose fates aren't likely to matter a damn bit to you.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Ben Kenigsberg
East Hampton Independent
July 13, 2004
After a while, [the film] leaves nothing to register but entwined limbs and falling ash.
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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
July 13, 2004
It might not sit well with purists, but I for one was glad to see a new spin put on the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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