Kingdom of Heaven (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

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Critic Consensus: Although it's an objective and handsomely presented take on the Crusades, Kingdom of Heaven lacks depth.

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Kingdom of Heaven is an epic adventure about a common man who finds himself thrust into a decades-long war. A stranger in a strange land, he serves a doomed king, falls in love with an exotic and forbidden queen, and rises to knighthood. Ultimately, he must protect the people of Jerusalem from overwhelming forces - while striving to keep a fragile peace.

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Cast

Liam Neeson
as Godfrey
Eva Green
as Sibylla
David Thewlis
as Hospitaler
Jeremy Irons
as Tiberias
Edward Norton
as King Baldwin
Iain Glen
as Richard Coeur de Lion
Marton Csokas
as Guy de Lusignan
Martin Hancock
as Gravedigger
Nathalie Cox
as Balian's Wife
Bronson Webb
as Apprentice
Kevin Mckidd
as English Sergeant
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Village Sherrif
Steven Robertson
as Angelic Priest
Michael Shaeffer
as Young Sergeant
Nasser Memarzia
as Muslim Grandee
Jon Finch
as Jerusalem
Lotfi Yahya Jedidi
as Old Ibelin Housekeeper
Samira Draa
as Sibylla's Maid
Lofti Yahya Jedidi
as Old Ibelin Housekeeper
Ulrich Thomsen
as Templar Master
Karim Saleh
as Saracen Messenger
Shane Attwooll
as Reynald's Templar Knight
Giannina Facio
as Saladin's Sister
Emilio Doorgasingh
as Saracen Engineer
Peter Cant
as Peasant Boy
Angus Wright
as Richard's Knight
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Critic Reviews for Kingdom of Heaven

All Critics (186) | Top Critics (40)

As Balian and his people withstand the might of Saladin's fiery projectiles, siege towers and the usual computer-generated swarm of soldiers, it's hard not to think we're really watching The Lord of the Rings IV: Legolas Defends Jerusalem.

Full Review… | May 6, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Is Orlando Bloom enough of a star to sustain a $100 million costume drama? The answer turns out to be yes.

Full Review… | May 6, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Since we barely know what's at stake -- we're too confused and bored to care -- all this fighting means nothing to us, and yet Scott still hopes to rev us up with it.

Full Review… | May 6, 2005
Salon.com
Top Critic

Considerably more ambitious and significantly less satisfying than Gladiator.

Full Review… | May 6, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

An epic about Christian crusaders who happen to be liberal humanists willing to die for the sake of religious tolerance. That's just ... weird.

May 6, 2005
Slate
Top Critic

Mostly uninvolving; a movie you admire for its craft rather than enjoying for its passion.

May 6, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kingdom of Heaven

Interesting subject matter, and capable (if overly glossy) cinematography, but something in this film just didn't come out right. I think there was too much build up to most events; though the plot was interesting, everything developed so slowly that the sting had been taken out of the events before they occurred. That, and I didn't buy Orlando Bloom in this part - too young and too pretty. Didn't reward the investment it required, and could have trimmed some fat to make for a better watch.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Ridley Scott takes it slow and steady with Kingdom of Heaven.

It is no secret that this film goes to great lengths to tell its story. The run time, for one, is a massive 3 hours. It isn't a quick sit through, nor does it feel like it with only a moderate pace. On the other hand, the costumes and set design are visually pleasing. When it comes to the story, there isn't a whole lot that can be deemed unnecessary, as most of it does fit nicely together.

The violence is bloody and the action is as it should be. Nothing fancy when it comes to the choreography; just large clashes, especially in the final hour.

The cast is solid. The supporting roles tend to outshine Orlando Bloom, but since the characters come and go, it is Bloom that ends up with the most to deliver. The likes of Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, and David Thewlis are just a few of the standouts throughout the picture.

Kingdom of Heaven isn't a masterpiece, but it is a recommendable picture if one has 3 hours to spare.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

½

The director`s cut of the film makes this a materpiece. It adds more accuracy and vison to Scott`s firece and bloody epic of dazzling power and dedication. An exhilerating and spectacular action-packed adventure epic. A stunning, stylish, deeply moving and jaw-dropping historical epic that ranks with Gladiator and Braveheart. Director, Ridley Scott has crafted another fine masterwork. It`s jammend with awesome and well-crafted battle sequences. A truly magnificent cast. Orlando Bloom is teriffic, crafting a surprisingly enduring and compelling performance. Liam Neeson and Jeremy Irons are superb. Edward Norton is brilliant.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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