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Sky Movies
November 6, 2013
The result is almost always the handsomest of films to behold. Storywise it has its moments, too, although it never quite achieves the difficult blend of grandeur and madness for which it strives.

TV Guide
November 6, 2013
Excessive but occasionally inspired, Excalibur gives us grimy lumbering knights, gloomy castles, slithering dragons, mesmerizing magic, and (of course) the struggle between good and evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
November 6, 2013
Despite moments of high style and wit, [Excalibur] too often substitutes mayhem for magic.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 6, 2013
Give Boorman credit for the loopy grandeur of his imagery and imaginings, for the sweet smell of excess, for his heroic gamble that a movie can dare to trip over its pretensions -- and still fly.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
November 6, 2013
The search for the Holy Grail and the final battle are simply stunning sequences, and, while the dizzying pace leaves scant time for proper characterisation, Nicol Williamson, Nigel Terry and Helen Mirren make their mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
November 6, 2013
Perhaps the best-ever filmed version of the Arthurian legend.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 6, 2013
There is humor here (in the form of a vaudeville Merlin, played by Nicol Williamson) as well as a diminution of scale that seems intended to help audiences through the thornier byways of Boorman's vision.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
April 28, 2013
Remains the definitive big screen telling of the Arthurian legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 6, 2011
a work of hideous myopathy
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 18, 2011
Excalibur is both sober and laughable.
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
March 10, 2011
John Boorman's magnificent and magical Excalibur is, to my mind, the greatest and the richest of screen incarnation of the oft-told tale.
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
January 18, 2011
Epic King Arthur saga with illicit affairs and brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 8, 2008
Exquisite, a near-perfect blend of action, romance, fantasy and philosophy, finely acted and beautifully filmed by director John Boorman and cinematographer Alex Thomson.
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
June 23, 2008
Few directors have the visual imagination of John Boorman.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 27, 2008
One of my favorite films of its year, and far and away my favorite of this type of film. (And, yes, I include Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films in that assessment.)
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 21, 2006
...romantic and brutal, lyrically beautiful yet grittily realistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
For all its audacity, a misguided folly.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 22, 2005
It's like an excruciating Renaissance festival in a drug fog.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
What a wondrous vision Excalibur is! And what a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 21, 2004
Visually striking.
| Original Score: 4/5
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