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Excalibur Reviews

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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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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
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
For all its audacity, a misguided folly.
Carlo Cavagna
January 1, 2000
Ambitious and soaring... [but] there isn't much beyond the show
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Mr. Boorman takes these myths very seriously, but he has used them with a pretentiousness that obscures his vision.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 6, 2011
a work of hideous myopathy
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 21, 2004
Visually striking.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
A darkly grand and gothic look at the Arthurian legends. One of Boorman's (several) masterworks.
| Original Score: 5/5
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
August 1, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
January 18, 2011
Epic King Arthur saga with illicit affairs and brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 18, 2011
Excalibur is both sober and laughable.
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Variety Staff
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 25, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 17, 2002
English film director John Boorman's stunning and spellbinding dramatization of the Arthurian myth.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 21, 2006
...romantic and brutal, lyrically beautiful yet grittily realistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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.
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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.
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