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While its relentless, gory violence is more faithful to the Robert E. Howard books, Conan the Barbarian forsakes three-dimensional characters, dialogue, and acting in favor of unnecessary 3D effects. Read critic reviews

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A powerful Cimmerian warrior, Conan (Jason Momoa) carves a bloody path across the land of Hyboria on a personal vendetta. That soon turns into a an epic battle against evil, for Conan's mortal enemy, Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang), seeks the legendary Mask of Acheron. The artifact will enable Khalar Zym to raise his wife from the dead and achieve immortality for himself, but it will also unleash a malevolent force upon the land, and only Conan and his companions can stop it.

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Critic Reviews for Conan the Barbarian

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  • It is right that a new Conan film must look for its own identity, but one immediately notices that in the absence of Milius's saga-paced direction... and Schwarzenegger's special-effect physique, very little has been introduced to replace them.

    July 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • But Nispel and his trio of screenwriters do nothing with their simplistic premise, crowding the screen with too much digital imagery and making every villainous character look like they just stepped out of some macabre Saturday morning cartoon.

    January 27, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Marcus Nispel takes on John Milius' epic testosterone orgy and provides gallons upon gallons of CGI gore and Frank Frazetta-esque backgrounds but precious little of the humanity (yes, I said humanity) of the 1982 Schwarzenegger original.

    August 26, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's like an expensive B-movie that makes a lot of noise but signifies absolutely nothing.

    August 26, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • A missed chance. There's a good foundation to build on, but the immediate film is let down by a lacklustre story and god-awful script.

    August 26, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A respectable (if unnecessary) reboot that's brutal, well acted and not overly serious.

    August 25, 2011 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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  • Sep 30, 2016
    There's some cathartically pleasant violence, particularly in the first half, but ultimately this movie didn't have to be made, and it *definitely* didn't have to be made under the name Conan. Final rating:?? - Had some things that appeal to me, but a poor finished product.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2015
    Not comparing this to the original still doesn't help it become a good film as it's poorly written and acted, The typical storyline for these fantasy films so it gets very predictable, There was a few good action scenes, Very bloody maybe abit too much blood in places, The effects were ok 90% of the time, I can't comment on the 3D as I watched the 2D version, I've got to give credit to Jason Momoa for taking up the role as it's not an easy one to fill and if i'm honest he doesn't compare to Arnold Schwarzenegger size wise but he did ok in other parts, Lets be honest there's not many who could fit the role, Maybe Dwayne Johnson but that is it, Anyway it's nothing great or memorable and we didn't ask for a remake but I suppose it's not that terrible.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2015
    Hey, its Conan. If you were looking for the Ten Commandments, look elsewhere. And you get what you pay for here.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2014
    Marcus Nispel seems to be the go to guy when it comes to remaking films. He already has the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th under his belt, along with the Viking action film Pathfinder under his belt. With this remake of Conan the Barbarian, we get one of his better films, this isn't an awful remake, in fact it's quite good and entertaining, but it won't stand out either. The film is far better than what critics have said about, it and it's an exhilarating, brutal and pulse pounding action picture that is purely designed to thrill and nothing more. Don't look for a great story here, you won't find it, but what you can expect is bloody action that is really what stands out about the film. Jason Momoa who would later portray the menacing Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones portrays the lead character and he does a fairly good job in his role as well. Sure, it's not as memorable as the Schwarzenegger classic, but it's still a fun, action packed mindless popcorn film that is worth seeing if you enjoy these types of action films. Although the original Conan film is the better version, this remake is quite good for what it tries to accomplish. In terms of reboots, this one was better than expected and is worth seeing if you enjoy mindless action. However if you're a diehard fan of the original, I would recommend that you skip this one, as it's quite different, and they've changed quite a bit from the original movie. No matter what your feelings are, the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic will always be the best film, but for what is delivered here is a fun, entertaining film that's quite exciting considering the fact that it's a remake. In terms of remakes, this film isn't great by any means, but is far better than what critics have said about it.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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