A Knight's Tale
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This crowd-pleasing medieval adventure tale is very loosely inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and mixes the anachronistic elements of modern-day rock music and colloquialisms with a period setting and characters. Heath Ledger stars as William Thatcher, a low-born 14th century squire who, in a fit of inspired spontaneity, replaces his deceased employer as the competitor at a jousting competition. Jousting is a pastime only permitted to knights, who are of noble birth, but Thatcher wins and decides to continue his new pursuits. With the help of his two fellow squire friends… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

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"Whipping along at speed, with elaborate camera movements and rousing speeches, this knows how to engage a crowd. It's corny, of course, but a guilty pleasure: romantic, diverting, with mildly amusing modern gags."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The result is half Python, half Ivanhoe -- and not as much fun as either."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Slightly edgy medieval tale with rock music."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Unmotivated storyline, bad love interest situation, dull leading man, quick plot with no set-up. Lazy movie."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A breezy, lightweight romp perfect for a summer afternoon."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Instead of pulling young audiences imaginatively back into the past, A Knight's Tale cheapens the process by demonstrating that there's no essential difference between then and now."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"You might find yourself smiling and laughing all the way through it."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"It's as if Helgeland didn't have enough confidence in his own material's basic appeal that he resorted to desperate pandering."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"For all its mainstream exertions, A Knight's Tale is actually something of an experimental melding of old and new."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"...surprisingly intelligent summer fare..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The movie promises to rock you, and much of the time it does."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Essentially, it's a screenful of pseudo-medieval popcorn that hits a high enough level of goofy fun to transcend a pretty blatant marketing strategy aimed at the MTV demographic."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Endless jousting tournaments transpire with lots of balsa wood jousting poles splintering across the screen. It's a classic example of a "'what-on-earth-were-they-thinking" movie..."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A Knight's Tale looks and sounds pretty darned good in Blu-ray."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"It's all done with a light-hearted touch and a wicked sense of humor."
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
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