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Conan the Barbarian Reviews

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
July 15, 2016
Momoa doesn't have Arnold's 7-time-Mr.-Olympia-winning muscles, but they're still impressive. Plus he can sort of act. Arnold could sort of act too, but Jason can sort of act better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Molly Laich
Missoula Independent
November 16, 2015
If I made it sound entertaining, I didn't mean to. It's not "so bad it's good," it's just really, really bad.
Ben Kendrick
October 2, 2012
Conan the Barbarian is a hollow beat 'em up with shallow characters and, worst of all, below average action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Monica Castillo
Dig Boston
August 17, 2011
The only time the 3D was decent was during the opening montage of the evil MacGuffin they're after. Aren't you proud you spent that money on about 15 minutes of footage?
Simon Gallagher
What Culture
January 2, 2012
The film lacks any magic, and indeed any of the spirit that grabbed a cult audience for the original: the direction lacks any kind of showmanship, and the script is a dilluted version of what it undoubtedly could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
September 7, 2011
Absolutely spastic in the way it pretends to tell a story, the work of someone who doesn't understand choreography, coherent storytelling and basic structural editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Grae Drake
August 19, 2011
Usually when a movie includes so many interesting parts, it amounts to a pretty good time. However, the result here never gels.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Wright
Little White Lies
August 26, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Starnes
August 21, 2011
It's pretty much like getting a straight shot of testosterone, whether you want it or not. In fact, just standing near one of the posters for Marcus Nispel's Conan the Barbarian will put hair on your chest regardless of age or gender.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 18, 2011
At its best the movie suggests a funhouse at a state-of-the-art county fair; at its worst it's a fairly dumb celebration of brute violence.
Jason Zingale
August 19, 2011
Exceptionally dumb and loud for a summer movie, Conan the Barbarian is a muddled mess of a film bogged down by poor acting, cheesy dialogue and an incoherent plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 18, 2011
Thanks to its punishing, empty intensity, the only impression this new movie is likely to leave you with is a headache.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Paste Magazine
August 26, 2011
Fourteen-year-old boys will wriggle with glee as Conan cuts down his opponents with his Cimmerian steel blade and manhandles bare-breasted women by the gaggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 15, 2013
Missing the myth, the sorcery and the humor of the original big screen "Conan."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 19, 2011
The whole affair buries the needle on the stupid-meter, with a droning score and the most ear-shattering sound effects in recent memory, plus pointless 3-D and a visual style about as subtle as the side of one of those old air-brushed conversion vans.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
August 26, 2011
I had to advise projection it was showing the film in the wrong ratio. Not that I missed much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 18, 2011
A brutal, crude, witless high-tech CGI contrivance, in which no artificial technique has been overlooked, including 3-D.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
August 19, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 18, 2011
I've certainly seen worse movies this summer, though I hope that if director Nispel returns to the land of Hyboria he'll learn that sword fights don't respond well to his chaotic brand of staging, made worse by the editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
August 26, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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