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Excalibur Reviews

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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]
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.
November 6, 2013
Despite moments of high style and wit, [Excalibur] too often substitutes mayhem for magic.
October 23, 2004
What a wondrous vision Excalibur is! And what a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 26, 2006
For all its audacity, a misguided folly.
January 1, 2000
Ambitious and soaring... [but] there isn't much beyond the show
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 22, 2005
It's like an excruciating Renaissance festival in a drug fog.
| Original Score: 1/5
August 30, 2004
Mr. Boorman takes these myths very seriously, but he has used them with a pretentiousness that obscures his vision.
May 6, 2011
a work of hideous myopathy
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
October 21, 2004
Visually striking.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 28, 2013
Remains the definitive big screen telling of the Arthurian legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
July 26, 2002
A darkly grand and gothic look at the Arthurian legends. One of Boorman's (several) masterworks.
| Original Score: 5/5
August 1, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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
January 18, 2011
Epic King Arthur saga with illicit affairs and brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 18, 2011
Excalibur is both sober and laughable.
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.
December 25, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
January 17, 2002
English film director John Boorman's stunning and spellbinding dramatization of the Arthurian myth.
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