Beowulf & Grendel Reviews

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.
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 14, 2006
A semi-mythic period piece, Beowulf & Grendel offers sublime scenery that's breathtaking and bone-chilling.
July 13, 2006
This gristle-intensive R-rated version of Beowulf travels a predictable revisionist route.
July 12, 2006
A muscular, ardently naturalistic retelling of the ninth-century Anglo-Saxon saga.
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.
July 11, 2006
Sturla Gunnarsson's film ultimately lacks the grandeur and wit necessary to make the legend fully come alive.
July 7, 2006
Unfortunately, there is... jarringly contemporary English dialogue... laced with F-bombs and humor straight out of a Monty Python movie.
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
A more accurate title of this conceptually anemic if prettily mounted take on the Scandinavian epic might be Beowulf and the Vixen.
July 5, 2006
Thus does Beowulf collide with postmodern punk sensibility.
June 30, 2006
Imagine the worst Deadwood episode ever, and you'll get an idea of the general tone of Beowulf & Grendel.
June 16, 2006
This movie won't be to everyone's taste, but it will certainly bedevil some dreams.
March 10, 2006
For the most part a successfully strange and strangely moving adventure.
March 10, 2006
A lumbering and ludicrous mess.
October 13, 2005
Icelandic-shot version of the legendary revenge saga is visually arresting and plausibly retrofitted for modern consumption, but lacks the savage bite that might have given the sixth century-set tale real impact.