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Excalibur Reviews

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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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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.
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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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
For all its audacity, a misguided folly.
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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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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.