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Beowulf Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 29, 2008
Those who remember the 3000 line epic from 8th grade English will be pleasantly surprised to learn they've scrapped the original plot altogether.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 24, 2007
An excellent showcase for the advantages of computer-generated animation.
November 19, 2007
I had a hell of a good time at this movie.
November 19, 2007
Their story arc brings some legitimate dramatic interest to Beowulf's climactic battle with the dragon.
November 17, 2007
The film strives for mythological depth and epic breadth, but it's hard to get below the flat, shallow gloss over every surface.
Read More | Original Score: C
November 16, 2007
Ultimately, Beowulf feels a lot like a video game blown up large: noise, action and funny walking intact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 16, 2007
It's imaginative, and it has the barreling forward motion and lurching thrills of a Dark Ages theme park, even when it's exercising battle-worn clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 16, 2007
Heads roll, arteries gush and spleens spill across the IMAX screen in Beowulf, just as you'd expect in a screen adaptation of the oldest surviving epic poem in the English language.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 16, 2007
You want to read Beowulf? Get the book, I'm not stopping you. You want bloody adventure with a brain, see the movie.
November 16, 2007
It's the Beowulf saga once again, and the movie becomes tiresome and trivial -- well done within the narrow limits of its aspiration but not worth the inflated effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 16, 2007
Zemeckis has been seduced by the siren call of motion capture... Memo to Zemeckis: come back to earth!
November 16, 2007
It is --quite literally -- an epic achievement.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2007
Beowulf is as dazzling a feast for the eyes as the hungriest eyes can take.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 16, 2007
Beowulf is many things, but boring isn't one of them.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 16, 2007
As it stands, Zemeckis's movie is only the beta version of the blockbuster of the future, ridden with imperfections that will presumably be corrected in later upgrades.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 16, 2007
It's more dazzle than disaster, but the technical ambitions of Beowulf work too sporadically to be completely effective, while the screenplay adaptation of the classic story suffers from serious bouts of corn poison.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 16, 2007
A bloody, silly-sexy action spectacle that shamelessly attempts to justify its excess by basing its violent bombast on the epic poem.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 16, 2007
I can't speak for the standard-issue version, but the souped-up extravaganza is one of those experiences that remind you of the magic that movies are capable of conjuring.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 16, 2007
Not all of it works -- and not all of it works the way the target audience of jacked-up young males might want it to -- but the movie is hugely provocative fun, and I'm pretty sure that's on purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2007
Comic-Con geeks and cinephiles alike will gape at the resplendent imagery (but don ye specs, and see it in 3-D).
November 15, 2007
As envisioned by director Robert Zemeckis, Beowulf is a sight to behold: The landscape and visuals are powerfully sweeping, the action sequences exhilarating and kinetic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2007
If you want to understand what the pressure of Hollywood does to talent, if you want to experience where the movie business is heading in a big way, this benighted but likely remunerative film is the place to start.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 15, 2007
Beowulf is ambitious, overbearing and hollow; it goes overboard to impress, yet it never feels truly inventive or imaginative.
November 15, 2007
The adaptation replaces the two-dimensional characters of the epic poem with more human, nuanced individuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2007
You don't need to wait for Angelina Jolie to rise from the vaporous depths naked to know that this Beowulf isn't your high school teacher's Old English epic poem.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2007
Beowulf is being released in standard 2-D and a non-Imax 3-D version, neither of which I've seen, and neither of which I would recommend as long as there is an opportunity for the sensory overload of Imax 3-D.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2007
Regardless of the medium, this is an effectively brutal story of swords, sorcery, demons, and heroes, with an Oedipal hint or two thrown in for flavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2007
Am I the only one who suspects that the intention of director Robert Zemeckis and writers Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary was satirical?
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2007
To the shock of cynics in the audience waiting for this film fantasy to be lame, Beowulf turns out to be exciting, fun and occasionally breathtaking. No question it's a popcorn flick, but it's cheesy only when it chooses to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 15, 2007
Zemeckis, who blazed trails mixing live-action with animation in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, blazes not even a footpath here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 15, 2007
Zemeckis employs the same motion-capture technology that he first used in The Polar Express, to slightly better effect.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 15, 2007
I say the story works, but I wish they'd teach these avatars to act.
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
November 15, 2007
Zemeckis has found the dark psychological underpinnings of this Dark Ages tale, and his version of it will endure even as the technology he used to tell it is replaced by something even more stunning.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 15, 2007
The fight sequences -- on land, in mid-air or underwater -- fulfill your most ardent expectations for 3-D thrills.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2007
Think you already know the epic tale? Not this version, you don't.
November 15, 2007
Beowulf can be a lot of fun to watch -- at least in the 3-D IMAX version I saw.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2007
Zemeckis springs so many pow 3-D surprises you'll think Beowulf is your own private fun house.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 14, 2007
Beowulf is a solemnly gorgeous, at times borderline stolid piece of Tolkien-with-a-joystick mythology.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
November 12, 2007
For all its visual sweep and propulsively violent action, this bloodthirsty rendition of the Old English epic can't overcome the disadvantage of being enacted by digital waxworks rather than flesh-and-blood Danes and demons.
November 12, 2007
It may raise the eyebrows of English Lit professors but will quicken the pulse of everyone else.
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