Kingdom of Heaven - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Kingdom of Heaven Reviews

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Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
May 13, 2005
... Flawed, but Scott is such an accomplished filmmaker that he is still able to shape it into an entertaining picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
May 13, 2005
Once Liam Neeson's noble knight Godfrey exits, Orlando Bloom's lightweight Balian can't carry this message-heavy lecture.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
May 13, 2005
... director Ridley Scott has proven once again that with a decent script the battle epic does have a place in modern times ...
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 12, 2005
I'm going medieval. As a leading man, Bloom is doomed.
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
May 12, 2005
a film that tries to be something special, but ultimately fails because of an over-padded script and too many poorly-cast actors.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
May 11, 2005
A sanitized version that celebrates a surrender. Saladin never mentions Allah. It's not religion, but economy that drove 8 Crusades across two hundred years?
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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 11, 2005
Hopelessly naive ... The final impression is that a few bad apples were all that prevented the Christians and Muslims from joining hands and participating in sing-alongs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 11, 2005
The movie flirts with ideas and then runs away from them, so ultimately, it's not much more than a dishonest, spectacular bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 10, 2005
When he's surrounded by his men of brawn and battle experience, does Bloom look like the guy they're going to follow?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
May 10, 2005
Scott's visual style and knack for epic storytelling carries us through, and makes his latest work passable, if not memorable, oversized entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
May 10, 2005
Kingdom of Heaven, at nearly 2 1/2 hours, fails to really hold your attention. You drift off at times, waiting for something to happen.
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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
May 10, 2005
Monahan ... gives us glimpses of ways in which Christ's teachings have been distorted, exploited, and misinterpreted. But the film's idea of a better way falls short.
| Original Score: B
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
May 10, 2005
It all sounds juicy, but Bloom is sadly not up to the task at hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nev Pierce
BBC.com
May 10, 2005
It feels spectacularly empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Debruge
Premiere Magazine
May 10, 2005
Scott has certainly uncovered a fascinating era, but not necessarily the right hero to do it justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
May 10, 2005
All lecture and no humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
May 9, 2005
...may be the first hippie war film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
May 9, 2005
Even though it is a long film, it feels compact. The characters are well-defined. The action scenes are well-staged.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
May 9, 2005
Bloom's listless performance dooms the film. Where is Russell Crowe when you need him?
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
May 8, 2005
Scott cares more about getting across an ideal of religious tolerance than recounting history - which is, in the long run, perfectly OK
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