Conan the Barbarian

2011

Conan the Barbarian

Critics Consensus

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.

25%

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Total Count: 150

30%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 49,044
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Movie Info

A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan (Jason Momoa) realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil. -- (C) Lionsgate

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Cast

Stephen Lang
as Khalar Zym
Rose McGowan
as Marique
Leo Howard
as Young Conan
Raad Rawi
as Fassir - High Priest
Bob Sapp
as Ukafa
Raicho Vasilev
as City Guard #1
Stanimir Stamatov
as City Guard #2
Nikolai Stanoev
as Lieutenant
Ivana Staneva
as Young Marique
Alina Puscau
as Slavegirl #1
Zlatka Raikova
as Slavegirl #2
Aysun Aptulova
as Sacrificial Victim
Daniel Rashev
as Acolyte Priest
Samuel Hargrave
as Pict #1/Horse Warrior
Sam Hargrave
as Pict #1
Teodora Duhovnikova
as Nun (Student #1)
Shelly Varod
as Nun (Student #2)
Stanislav Pishtalov
as Cimmerian Elder (Uran)
Velimer Velev
as Prison Clerk
Nuo Sun
as Monk
Kim Do
as Monk
Bashar Rahal
as Quarter Master
Yoana Petrova
as Young Marique
Alexandrina Vladova
as Belly Dancer
Guerguina Ilieva
as Belly Dancer
Vangelitsa Karadjova
as Topless Wench
Vangelista Karadjova
as Topless Wench
Blagovesta Cakova
as Topless Wench
Svetlana Vasileva
as Topless Wench
Zornista Stoicheva
as Topless Wench
Zornitsa Stoicheva
as Topless Wench
Zhenia Zheleva
as Topless Wench
Nikol Vasileva
as Topless Wench
Adriana Kalcheva
as Topless Wench
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Critic Reviews for Conan the Barbarian

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (35)

  • It's like an expensive B-movie that makes a lot of noise but signifies absolutely nothing.

    Aug 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.

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

    Aug 25, 2011 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • Here is a tale in which battle sequence spawns battle sequence and where the dialogue is rendered all-but unintelligible under the din of clashing steel and the screams of the mutilated.

    Aug 24, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • Rent the original instead.

    Aug 24, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The 2011 version of Conan the Barbarian looks cheap and feels rushed. The few good elements are dwarfed by a generic, nonsensical plot and shoddy storytelling.

    Aug 19, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Conan the Barbarian

  • 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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