Robin Hood Reviews

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January 3, 2011
We never even get to see Robin steal from the rich and give to the poor. That's because the film is a prequel in search of a sequel. With any luck, we won't get one.
July 7, 2010
Its $200-million budget is on the screen. This is a big-scale ambitious period epic in the 60s grand tradition. It seeks to retell a well-worn tale, to put old wine in a shiny new bottle.
May 26, 2010
The film is pretty, and there are a few solid moments every hour. But considered as a work of cinema, with paid professionals involved, it's an extremely lackluster story.
May 21, 2010
Yes, it's dour, but it's also gritty and not nearly as silly as most "Robin Hood" adaptations.
May 20, 2010
There are great roaring fires and buckets of mead but none of it will ever warm you to Russell Crowe, whose charm seems to diminish by the nanosecond.
May 17, 2010
"And so the legend begins," the new movie tells us at the end. But it's too late.
May 17, 2010
Robin and Marian are played by a scowling Russell Crowe and a grim Cate Blanchett, who has the face of a wooden squaw stained by decades of cigar smoke. I can't remember a more un-fun-looking couple.
May 14, 2010
As in so many summer behemoths, the real stars are the projectiles-in this case, arrows with their own point-of-view shots, zipping through the air and finding their targets with pinpoint accuracy.
May 14, 2010
Damned if those dual spoilsports, the gladiatorial director Ridley Scott reteamed with his portly star Russell Crowe, haven't drained every drop of merriment right out of the myth.
May 14, 2010
If it's sword-on-sword with arrows-in-the-air action you want, Robin Hood delivers in a big way.
May 14, 2010
It's a resolutely grim and grubby lesson in 13th-century British history filtered through all the requisite trademarks of a summer blockbuster.
May 14, 2010
There is a whole lot of meanwhile in this crowded, lumbering film.
May 14, 2010
The action's here, there, and everywhere... but all this to-ing and fro-ing fails to advance the narrative with the compelling force you crave in movies.
May 14, 2010
The Robin Hood of myth and moviedom is for the most part AWOL. Why should we have to wait until the last five minutes to see Crowe crack a smile, let alone split an arrow?
May 14, 2010
Instead of the usual romantic adventure, Scott and screenwriter Brian Helgeland offer a gritty drama, using the Robin Hood story to depict the birth pangs of liberty. They ground the film in the details of medieval life.
May 14, 2010
In one unfortunate regard, Ridley Scott's grimy Robin Hood lives up to the actions of its legendary character: It, too, robs -- but just from richer movies.
May 14, 2010
Pretty much ill-conceived from the ground up but saved by a couple of strong performances and a wealth of well-researched period detail. Not the most elegant defense, but like the movie, it'll do.
May 13, 2010
The film gets notably dumber as it continues, culminating in a final battle overstuffed with unlikely and ill-conceived moments shot in overwrought slow-motion close-up.
May 13, 2010
Robin Hood is head and shoulders above the sort of lightheaded epics Hollywood typically offers during the summer season.
May 13, 2010
If this truly is Ridley Scott's preferred cut, he has proven unable to justify the existence of yet another Robin Hood film.
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