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Beowulf & Grendel Reviews

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October 14, 2006
The thrilling beauty of this reading of Beowulf is that it makes [the characters] feel modern... These people live in the real world, not in a fable and not in a history book.
October 7, 2006
ridiculous
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 24, 2006
Gunnarsson has made a film that would make the real Beowulf and Grendel, if they ever really existed, quite proud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 12, 2006
A fascinating trip to the dark ages and a good story well told
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2006
Trying to give us the true story behind the epic, the movie only reminds us of why humans write epics in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 9, 2006
If you're game for a strange and beautiful-looking new version of the (very) old legend, you can safely give this one a rental.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 28, 2006
Beowulf's reality-driven approach suffers for lack of scope and questionable poetic license.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 27, 2006
[You can] feel the filmmakers yearning to have Beowulf and Grendel go all Rambo on each other. Instead, they keep pulling back for more Old English angst, as if they're torn between commerce and winning the approval of their high school English teacher.
July 27, 2006
...realistic, [but] Polley...is woefully miscast.
July 22, 2006
Aside from some nice Icelandic scenery, Beowulf & Grendel is a ludicrous botch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 14, 2006
A semi-mythic period piece, Beowulf & Grendel offers sublime scenery that's breathtaking and bone-chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 13, 2006
This gristle-intensive R-rated version of Beowulf travels a predictable revisionist route.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 12, 2006
A muscular, ardently naturalistic retelling of the ninth-century Anglo-Saxon saga.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 12, 2006
Andrew Rai Berzins' script spruces up long stretches of Old English with unexpected bursts of cussing and gleeful vulgarity that feel as misguided as everything else in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 11, 2006
Sturla Gunnarsson's film ultimately lacks the grandeur and wit necessary to make the legend fully come alive.
July 8, 2006
We've got a surprisingly multilayered drama
Read More | Original Score: 3.2/5
July 7, 2006
Sturla Gunnarsson's adaptation... despite some pretty awful special-effects makeup [is] a pretty good -- and good-looking -- version of the tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 7, 2006
Unfortunately, there is... jarringly contemporary English dialogue... laced with F-bombs and humor straight out of a Monty Python movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 7, 2006
Sturla Gunnarsson... took a look at the eighth-century epic poem Beowulf and decided he could cut it down to size. And he has, for better and worse.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 6, 2006
A more accurate title of this conceptually anemic if prettily mounted take on the Scandinavian epic might be Beowulf and the Vixen.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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