Beowulf & Grendel Reviews

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.
August 24, 2006
Gunnarsson has made a film that would make the real Beowulf and Grendel, if they ever really existed, quite proud.
August 12, 2006
A fascinating trip to the dark ages and a good story well told
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.
July 14, 2006
A semi-mythic period piece, Beowulf & Grendel offers sublime scenery that's breathtaking and bone-chilling.
July 12, 2006
A muscular, ardently naturalistic retelling of the ninth-century Anglo-Saxon saga.
July 8, 2006
We've got a surprisingly multilayered drama
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.
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.
July 6, 2006
This film has constant action, drinking jokes, and a blood-thirsty troll.
July 5, 2006
Thus does Beowulf collide with postmodern punk sensibility.
June 16, 2006
This movie won't be to everyone's taste, but it will certainly bedevil some dreams.
June 15, 2006
Shot entirely in the outback of Iceland, it's a gallery of hauntingly beautiful locations, and director Sturla Gunnarsson skillfully uses its bleak otherworldliness to distance us from anything familiar and evoke a lost heroic age.
March 10, 2006
The incredible landscapes are breathtaking and hint at how inhospitable nature can be.
March 10, 2006
For the most part a successfully strange and strangely moving adventure.
March 10, 2006
Driven by what could only be called mad Icelandic energy, Gunnarsson's Beowulf & Grendel is by turns stark, ludicrous and fascinating, with the odd dumb joke and anachronistic wisecracks leavening the earnestness.