Beowulf & Grendel
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One of the oldest epic poems in the English language gets a robust visual interpretation in this historical epic shot on location in Iceland. Hrothgar (Stellan Skarsgård) is a Danish king who murders a troll that has been terrorizing his countryside. But Hrothgar spares the life of the troll's strange young son, who with the passage of years grows to become Grendel (Ingvar Sigurdsson), a fearsome warrior intent upon avenging his father's death. As Grendel begins his slaughter of the king's closest confidants, Hrothgar realizes his life is in danger, and he calls upon the brave and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Trying to give us the true story behind the epic, the movie only reminds us of why humans write epics in the first place."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"This gristle-intensive R-rated version of Beowulf travels a predictable revisionist route."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The thrilling beauty of this reading of Beowulf is that it makes [the characters] feel modern... These people live in the real world, not in a fable and not in a history book."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"A fascinating trip to the dark ages and a good story well told"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"...realistic, [but] woefully miscast."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"[You can] feel the filmmakers yearning to have Beowulf and Grendel go all Rambo on each other. Instead, they keep pulling back for more Old English angst, as if they're torn between commerce and winning the approval of their high school English teacher."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"A muscular, ardently naturalistic retelling of the ninth-century Anglo-Saxon saga."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
‑ Keith Breese,
"If you're game for a strange and beautiful-looking new version of the (very) old legend, you can safely give this one a rental."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Aside from some nice Icelandic scenery, Beowulf & Grendel is a ludicrous botch."
‑ Peter Sobczynski,
"A semi-mythic period piece, Beowulf & Grendel offers sublime scenery that's breathtaking and bone-chilling."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Andrew Rai Berzins' script spruces up long stretches of Old English with unexpected bursts of cussing and gleeful vulgarity that feel as misguided as everything else in the film."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Gunnarsson has made a film that would make the real Beowulf and Grendel, if they ever really existed, quite proud."
‑ Kim Voynar, Cinematical
"Beowulf's reality-driven approach suffers for lack of scope and questionable poetic license."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
"We've got a surprisingly multilayered drama"
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
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