Outlaw King (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Muddy and bloody to a fault, Outlaw King doesn't skimp on the medieval battle scenes, but tends to lose track of the fact-based legend at the heart of its story.

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OUTLAW KING tells the untold, true story of Robert the Bruce who transforms from defeated nobleman to outlaw hero during the oppressive occupation of medieval Scotland by Edward I of England. Despite grave consequences, Robert seizes the Scottish crown and rallies an impassioned group of men to fight back against the mighty army of the tyrannical King and his volatile son, the Prince of Wales. Filmed in Scotland, OUTLAW KING reunites director David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) with star Chris Pine alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh and Billy Howle.

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Outlaw King might be summarized as one big lapse in good sense for David Mackenzie.

Nov 29, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

For a historical epic that probably looks even better on the big screen, it's oddly well-suited to Netflix: spectacle, yes, but nothing too specific about it.

Nov 10, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

I suppose what I'm asking is, "What's not to like?"

Nov 10, 2018 | Full Review…

"Outlaw King" is an old-school history lesson, but Mackenzie presents it with a modern flare, and its themes of a small group overthrowing the ruling power are especially timely today.

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

With the exception of a few slow spots, Outlaw King flows briskly. It's one of the better "Netflix originals" the service has provided and worth the expense of two hours.

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

While we likely have not seen the end of Robert the Bruce on film, this for sure is a worthy addition to the canon.

Nov 9, 2018 | Full Review…

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The Pine is mightier than the sword.

Philip Price
Philip Price

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The story of Robert the Bruce, w/o the heavy-on-the-glory aspect rendered in the movie Braveheart, of which this story follows nearly directly after. Pine is more than credible, as is the entire cast, as he fights the British army while on the run and with only a handful of men. Edifying as well as entertaining, if slow in spots. Expect mucho bloodletting and carnage.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

Despite the well staged combat scenes and an impressive single take sequence, "Outlaw King" can't decide if it's supposed to be a equally corny successor to "Braveheart" or the down and dirty realistic counter to that movie.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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The (amazing) almost theater-like 10-minute shot in the beginning teases an entirely different, more intimate film but once it opens up, this actually turns into the best knights movie in years. Basically telling the story of Robert the Bruce from where Braveheart ended, the film's biggest asset is the setting. Real castle walls, the highlands, everything looks authentic and is beautifully shot. The Cast consisting of many familiar faces is great too. I can't speak for the historical accuracy, but it feels like they tried at least, even contradicting Braveheart from time to time. The final battle even gives its big predecessor a run for its money. A gorgeous, bloody, dirty medieval battaglia.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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