Kingdom of Heaven Reviews

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November 1, 2007
The miscasting of the lightweight Bloom proves fatal: instead of galvanizing this epic, he sucks the energy out of it.
May 10, 2005
It feels spectacularly empty.
May 6, 2005
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.
May 6, 2005
Is Orlando Bloom enough of a star to sustain a $100 million costume drama? The answer turns out to be yes.
May 6, 2005
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.
May 6, 2005
Considerably more ambitious and significantly less satisfying than Gladiator.
May 6, 2005
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
Mostly uninvolving; a movie you admire for its craft rather than enjoying for its passion.
May 6, 2005
To say that Scott did a beautiful job directing Kingdom of Heaven would be true, but it wouldn't convey the nature of the achievement.
May 6, 2005
Scott's battles are ferocious things of grim beauty -- bloody, personal and deafening crashes of armored men and horses colliding at full gallop.
May 6, 2005
As Balian, a blacksmith turned Crusader, Orlando Bloom should embody a character who passes through some sort of transforming crucible. Yet he learns nothing.
May 6, 2005
The battle sequences here are actually worth the cost of admission, and there is exemplary supporting work by Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons, Edward Norton and especially Syrian actor Ghassan Massoud as the legendary Muslim leader Saladin.
May 6, 2005
The religious sentiment accumulates into a tower of politically correct Jell-O.
May 6, 2005
Filmed in Morocco, in Spain and in computers, Kingdom fills a vast canvas with breathtaking spectacle. In contrast, most of the performances are blandly ordinary.
May 6, 2005
If the picture isn't as engaging as it should have been, Scott's images still make it entrancing.
May 6, 2005
A $130 million epic with much to marvel at and great battle scenes, but it dazzles the senses while barely touching the heart.
May 6, 2005
No one should be offended except, of course, those who like movies that excite the mind as well as the pulse.
May 6, 2005
Dramatically, the problem is it's a lot easier to root for someone battling tigers and gladiators than it is to cheer on a guy wondering about the meaning of life. This is why Waiting for Godot has never been made into a summer movie blockbuster.
May 6, 2005
Scott's interesting but uneven effort doesn't disappoint when it comes to the siege of Jerusalem, which has scale and a truly frightening quality.
May 6, 2005
Never straying from issues of war and peace, organized religion and an individual's relationship to God, Kingdom of Heaven earns the right to rattle its swords.
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