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Monty Python and the Holy Grail Reviews

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Chris Barsanti
December 2, 2015
A fresh look at the ultimate mock epic, after the Python method has been assimilated into the cultural DNA, reveals the subversive spirit of this bloody and cynical Arthurian deconstruction.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Peter Bradshaw
October 15, 2015
The material is superb, Neil Innes' music is tremendous and Gilliam's animations are timelessly brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 13, 2015
So unnecessarily gorgeous, there are moments where it feels like Tarkovsky with drag and farting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
November 24, 2014
Watching it, it's hard to believe that these guys were actually meandering across heaths and trudging across rope bridges, with electricians and caterers not far away. It seems more as if this souvenir of the Absurd Ages has... existed for a millennium.
Jamie Graham
Total Film
November 18, 2013
The Python team's surreal take on the legend of Camelot bursts with inspired lunacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
November 18, 2013
This remains a wonderfully inventive comedy that brilliantly debunks the Dark Ages and legends of chivalry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
November 18, 2013
Here is Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which is neither as sparkling as it is said to be nor as bad as it seems to be at the start. But it's pretty good.
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
November 26, 2012
Monty Python and the Holy Grail may be 26 years old, but even in the fast-moving world of pop culture, it's no relic. It's still the Holy Grail of crazy comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 25, 2012
There's a semblance of a plot, but this is really just an excuse for the boys to engage in their unique brand of humor, which includes mimicry, dress-up, dry wit, slapstick and glorious non sequitors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
March 3, 2012
If you like this film, the sad truth is that it's yet another visual upgrade, and it does contain what Gilliam called "the only reason for buying the Blu-ray"-those lost animations.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
March 29, 2011
Grail is as funny as a movie can get, but it is also a tough-minded picture -- as outraged about the human propensity for violence as it is outrageous in its attack on that propensity.
Richard Luck
March 29, 2011
A comedy classic that only misses out on the Python canon's top spot because the talented swines also made Life Of Brian.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Fraser
Empire Magazine
March 29, 2011
There's something about feature films that brings out the best in the Pythons. The occasional indulgence of the TV series is replaced by a more focused approach which wrings every conceivable joke out of a given subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
March 29, 2011
A zany, hysterically funny, and sometimes brilliant if sometimes sophomoric send-up of every medieval movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 29, 2011
Silly, sophomoric, and slapped together -- but would you want it any other way?
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
This has to be one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
September 4, 2008
Monty Python's Flying Circus, the British comedy group which gained fame via BBC-TV, send-up Arthurian legend, performed in whimsical fashion with Graham Chapman an effective straight man as King Arthur.
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
July 10, 2007
Troupe members Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones helmed this feature, bringing to it a visual style that is both cinematic and outrageously surreal.
Arthur Ryel-Lindsey
Slant Magazine
December 1, 2006
A wonderful charm filters through these almost collegiate efforts, as if these underfunded Brits, in doing their best, did it better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jason Zingale
October 7, 2006
It's still one of the funniest, silliest and all-out strangest films you'll ever see. Now go away, or I shall taunt you a second time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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