Black Knight
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Screenwriter Darryl Quarles follows up his smash hit Big Momma's House (2000) with another raucous Martin Lawrence collaboration. Lawrence stars as Jamal Walker, an employee at a medieval-themed mini-golf course who wakes up in 14th century England after a blow to the head. Jamal has soon allied himself with a peasant girl and a broken-down ex-knight to defeat the evil King Leo (Kevin Conway) and his bullying minion, Sir Knolte (Tom Wilkinson). In the meantime, Jamal busts some modern dance moves on the medieval dance floor and encounters such intriguing residents of the period as knaves,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 14%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A single fish-out-of-water joke told over and over again."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Tedious and predictable."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Lawrence relies on his usual act as the hip black guy surrounded by square white men."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
" about as hilarious as skinny-dipping in an alligator-infested moat."
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
"Mark Twain managed to pen A Connecticut Yankee all by his lonesome, but three highly-paid Hollywood writers were needed to put together this lazy retread."
‑ Scott Von Doviak, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
"Paint-by-numbers cliché-fest."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"The first 23 minutes of Black Knight (yes, I timed it) are easily the most effective..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Lawrence chooses to rely solely on his fourth-grade instincts to get him through the film, with no sidekick to dilute his overbearingly tacky style."
‑ Audrey Rock-Richardson, Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
"Martin Lawrence can be hysterically funny. You'd never guess that from watching the remarkably wasteful endeavor."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Martin Lawrence [stars] as a theme park worker who falls into a scummy moat and surfaces in the Middle Ages -- perhaps in search of people who would find his humor fresh and original. No such luck."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Martin Lawrence amuses in raunchy comedy."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"If Army of Darkness was remade by members of the KKK, the results would likely approximate Black Knight."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"...there's not a lot in it that will offend anyone...unless you count dull, boring, and unoriginal as offensive."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"More a pair of Jacks than a royal flush."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
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