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First Knight Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Whenever Zucker stops piling on battle scenes as if he were directing Braveheart, his film casts a romantic spell.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 13, 2001
Aside from casting Richard Gere as Lancelot, First Knight marches out as an agreeably intelligent, mature and well-mounted telling of the legendary King Arthur story.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
The problem for him[Gere], and the film, comes when the non-physical acting begins.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
[I]f you tingle at the sound of metal unsheathing and the sight of flaming arrows whizzing through moonlight, you'll probably be swept away by this shining Knight in amour.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is entertaining enough in its own way, and Sean Connery makes a splendid King Arthur, but compared with the earlier films[Rob Roy and Braveheart] this one seems thin and unconvincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Pillaged of such mainstays as Merlin and Morgan le Fay-as well as magic, majesty and depth-'Camelot' has become 'Camelite.'
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Bad acting, dumb dialogue, and confusing cinematography abound, creating one of the most shoddy Camelot stories to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
...lots of action and chivalrous pomp, but no magic.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
[E]very era has the right--maybe even the duty--to reinvent the Arthurian legend according to its lights, and so there is something instructive and entertaining about this version.
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Eve Zibart
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
There's swordplay to the hilt, but the story itself never quite gets in Gere.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
...a handsome, entertaining twist on the King Arthur legend...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Teegarden
Film.com
January 1, 2000
I've never seen a film -- whether it was based on a book, a play, or in this case a timeless legend -- treat its source material with such cavalier disregard.
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Entertainment Weekly
July 7, 1995
Full Review | Original Score: B+