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.
Rating:
R (for strong violence and epic warfare)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Cast

Orlando Bloom
as Balian
Liam Neeson
as Godfrey
Eva Green
as Sibylla
David Thewlis
as Hospitaler
Jeremy Irons
as Tiberias
Edward Norton
as King Baldwin
Velibor Topic
as Almaric
Iain Glen
as Richard Coeur de Lion
Marton Csokas
as Guy de Lusignan
Martin Hancock
as Gravedigger
Michael Sheen
as Priest
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
Khaled Nabawy
as Mullah
Karim Saleh
as Saracen Messenger
Giannina Facio
as Saladin's Sister
Shane Attwooll
as Reynald's Templar Knight
Emilio Doorgasingh
as Saracen Engineer
Peter Cant
as Peasant Boy
Angus Wright
as Richard's Knight
Shane Attwooll
as Reynald's Templar Knight
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Critic Reviews for Kingdom of Heaven

All Critics (186) | Top Critics (40)

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Full Review… | October 31, 2007
Newsweek
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | September 25, 2005
AV Club
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Full Review… | July 5, 2005
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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

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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