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King Arthur Reviews

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Brian Bethune
Maclean's Magazine
November 20, 2004
A Guinevere, and an Arthur myth, for our times, if not for the ages.
Eric Henderson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
July 8, 2004
If the film's only great scene is a direct lift from Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky, the remainder is a dour Braveheart rehash.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 8, 2004
Only during a face-off between the knights and Saxons on a frozen lake does the film approach anything resembling excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 7, 2004
Such a bastardization of the tale that it works as neither history nor legend. And with the romance gone, only the blood and guts remain.
| Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
July 6, 2004
The term 'unintentional comedy' was coined for a movie such as this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
July 4, 2004
By removing the romance and the magic from the story, the soul has been sucked out of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 12, 2004
Don't be ashamed if you prefer 'Camelot.'
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 7, 2004
Gimme an angry, bitter Mordred. Gimme seething, forbidden love and a noble leader tortured by treachery all around him. Gimme anything but this wannabe Braveheart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
July 5, 2004
Braveheart meets the Round Table in this epicly atrocious version of the King Arthur legend. My advice is to follow the cast's lead and run screaming.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
James Rocchi
July 8, 2004
Camelot gets changed a lot in this down-and-dirty, unmagical take on the Arthurian legends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
July 7, 2004
If you're going to intentionally suck all the good parts out of a great tale, you'd best replace them with something besides dry political intrigue and predictable gimmickry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 7, 2004
It's both drabber and less illuminating than the tales that have come before.
| Original Score: 1/4
Todd Gilchrist
July 7, 2004
Clive Owen fails to engender much sympathy from the audience when attempting to rouse his troops for the umpteenth time against seemingly insurmountable odds.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 26, 2004
Antoine Fuqua's unremarkably competent direction never elevates the material above second-rate Braveheart schlock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
July 8, 2004
Swords, sorcerers, archery and mysticism rule in this big, silly popcorn adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Manohla Dargis
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
July 6, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
August 16, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
July 11, 2010
The interminable battle scenes are limply choreographed and unexciting. This is one king that's best left alone.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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