King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword Reviews

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August 15, 2017
Ritchie has reached into the medieval quiver of tales for material, but has not imposed the meta-narrative of Western history onto those stories. For this restraint medievalists should be thankful, and the critics should be a little more forgiving.
June 16, 2017
That's one thing that Ritchie's Legend in the Sword shared with Excalibur-a vague idea that Britain is destined for transformation. In Legend of the Sword, unfortunately, that transformation is little more than a teaser.
May 19, 2017
It is a film as long on tediously stylised fight scenes and portentous electro-folk music as it is short on emotional involvement.
May 18, 2017
This latest take on the Arthurian classic is epic in many ways, none of them good.
May 17, 2017
A bewildering mix of solemn hokum and standard Ritchie laddishness.
May 15, 2017
As a modern retelling of a timeworn legend, Ritchie's King Arthur falls well short of greatness.
May 12, 2017
To that hallowed list of great expensive follies - "John Carter," "Ishtar," "Heaven's Gate" - let us ceremonially add another name: "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword."
May 12, 2017
This is not your father's King Arthur legend. It may not be yours, either.
May 12, 2017
Director Guy Ritchie can turn London crime dramas into cinematic lightning, but apply his fast cuts and jagged pacing to the Arthurian legend and you get, well, a brutal, bleedin' mess.
May 12, 2017
Oi! What's Guy Ritchie gone and done with King Arfur, then?
May 12, 2017
Ritchie has gleefully set his timeworn characters in an environment where narrative logic has no purchase. One name for this environment is subconscious dreamscape. Another is mosh pit.
May 12, 2017
An unsuccessful mix of saucy wit and portentous sorcery.
May 12, 2017
Ritchie, using a rollicking soundtrack and wild visual flourishes, is off his rocker here, enough so that he makes a familiar, stale tale seem fresh.
May 12, 2017
Well, Guy Ritchie sure put his stamp on this bit of British mythology. Lock, stock and flaming arrow.
May 11, 2017
Kinetic and attention-grabbing.
May 11, 2017
It's a mess graced by a few terrific sequences, but a mess nonetheless.
Top Critic
May 11, 2017
While making a hash of a national legend, Ritchie is at least enough of a patriot to have filmed King Arthur entirely in the U.K.
May 11, 2017
A lot of shenanigans, detours and filler, some bad, some good and all of it disposable.
May 11, 2017
There are some first-rate performances in "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," most of them delivered by computer-generated animals.
May 11, 2017
King Arthur works best when the focus is on the bonds forged between Arthur and his future knights, the battles between the rebel forces and the obligatory faceless henchmen, and even the slightly sexual tension.
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