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Beowulf Reviews

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Jason Zingale
November 17, 2007
An over-hyped action flick with very little action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 15, 2007
As far as cinematic mythology goes, this film flies only so high. And call me anti-Geat, but I was rooting for Crispin Glover's Grendel all along.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 25, 2009
The Old English poem ponderously, gracelessly expanded into an epic bore
James Rocchi
November 15, 2007
Some are calling Beowulf the future of movies, but it would be a lot easier to swallow that hype if ... anything in the movie suggested the people who made Beowulf were invested in making something good instead of just interested in making something new.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
It drops its epic posture and spews far too many double entendres.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 7, 2010
Beowulf is pretty to look at, but lacks soul. Perhaps it is time for Robert Zemeckis to return to the land of the living.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
November 15, 2007
Sexualized to the point of absurdity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
November 15, 2007
Without the elements of crystal-clear digital projection and awe-inspiring 3-D animation, the film doesn't have much going for it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
November 19, 2007
The plasticine puppetry of the central figures still lacks that essential spark required to bring them to life.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kit Bowen
November 17, 2007
For all its hi-tech wonder, motion-capture technology still hasn't perfected the human factor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 19, 2007
This is what happens when directors with lots of money and powerful computers get all hot and bothered about the latest new toys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 14, 2007
Beowulf bellows 'I am Beowulf!' so many times, it could be a drinking game; it certainly rivals 'This is Sparta!' as the year's preferred macho catch phrase.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 15, 2007
Though the realistic-looking people still have dead, soulless eyes, Beowulf is still an improvement over Zemeckis' creepy kids' movie The Polar Express.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Morgan
November 15, 2007
as muddled as watching a RealD presentation without the glasses on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
March 10, 2008
At the end of it all, if you take away the violence, the defiantly in-your-face nudity, and Angelina Jolie, you will find very little story underneath.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 27, 2008
It's a bland and lethargic piece of Hollywood tripe that not even the presence of Ray Winstone could salvage...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
November 15, 2007
21st century technology leaves this Robert Zemeckis adaptation of the old English epic poem sadly lacking in poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Staci Layne Wilson
Buzzine Magazine
November 15, 2007
Straddling an uneasy line between fantasy and reality, this animation technique is more irritating than impressive.
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
November 21, 2007
Although the word 'wench' may go unuttered, most of the time this earthbound adaptation is hardly distinguishable from ye olde kitsch.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
August 4, 2007
The final, kinetic aerial battle scenes are eye-poppingly spectacular -- especially in the 3D IMAX-version under review -- but they come way too late to save the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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