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Excalibur Reviews

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March 26, 2018
The attempt in Excalibur to produce recognisable or at least historical figures results only in a kind of anachronistic bathos; the content of the film never quite matches up to the technological and cinematic expertise which went into its production.
September 6, 2017
As a plunge into the feeling, rather than the denotative qualities, of medieval literature, it's a great pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 29, 2017
Well, if there's anything wrong with [John] Boormans' version, it's just fancy and obviously in bad taste. [Full review in Spanish]
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.
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
November 6, 2013
Despite moments of high style and wit, [Excalibur] too often substitutes mayhem for magic.
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.
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
November 6, 2013
Perhaps the best-ever filmed version of the Arthurian legend.
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.
April 28, 2013
Remains the definitive big screen telling of the Arthurian legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 6, 2011
a work of hideous myopathy
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
March 18, 2011
Excalibur is both sober and laughable.
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.
January 18, 2011
Epic King Arthur saga with illicit affairs and brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
June 23, 2008
Few directors have the visual imagination of John Boorman.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
November 21, 2006
...romantic and brutal, lyrically beautiful yet grittily realistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 26, 2006
For all its audacity, a misguided folly.
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