First Knight
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This reenactment of the tale of King Arthur differs from other film versions in that all the romanticized mythology and magic have been stripped away to examine the more realistic conflicts the characters may have experienced as they tried to balance their passions with their political obligations. The story begins as Guinevere, Lady of Leonesse, sees her once-peaceful lands overtaken by the tyrannical renegade ex-knight from the Round Table, Malagant. She decides to marry King Arthur because it would forge a valuable political alliance. Unfortunately, en route to the wedding, she is abducted… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

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"Whenever Zucker stops piling on battle scenes as if he were directing Braveheart, his film casts a romantic spell."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The movie is entertaining enough in its own way, and Sean Connery makes a splendid King Arthur, but compared with the earlier films[Rob Roy and Braveheart] this one seems thin and unconvincing."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Goes for a pass as a shallow but occasionally rousing swordfighting flick with a handful of thoughtful scenes...has something those other pictures don't have: Sean Connery as King Arthur."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"No Merlin, no magic, no way."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"Spectacular entertainment with a king-sized serving of romance and ritual."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Aside from casting Richard Gere as Lancelot, First Knight marches out as an agreeably intelligent, mature and well-mounted telling of the legendary King Arthur story."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"...lots of action and chivalrous pomp, but no magic."
‑ Sean Means,
"Director Zucker is unsuccessful in trying to put a fresh angle on the familiar story, and he is not much helped by his romantic leads, Richard Gere and Julia Ormond."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Bland and over-romanticized treatment of the Arthurian legend. Gere ridiculously miscast as Lancelot. Watch Boorman's EXCALIBUR instead."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"...has so many wild cliffhanger situations that you may expect the film's action to stop at some point as 'To Be Continued . . . ' pops up on the screen."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The problem for him[Gere], and the film, comes when the non-physical acting begins."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"While director Jerry Zucker seems to have been intent on dragging the film to the mushy middle, it's still more entertaining than most comparable Middle Ages-set movies."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"The out-of-place [Richard] Gere doesn't do justice to the fine performance of [Julia] Ormond."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Whoever thought Richard Gere would make a good Lancelot needs to be found and sterilized."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"There's something sick about a Camelot movie in which the point of the great Arthur's death is to bring the lovers together in a guilt-free union."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
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