King Arthur
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An ambitious attempt to wed the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table with known historical facts of the era, this action adventure drama begins with the fall of the Roman Empire in 450 A.D. as Roman armies flee the British Isles. Arthur (Clive Owen), a heroic knight and devoted Christian, is torn between his desire to travel to Rome to serve his faith and his loyalty to the land of his birth. As England falls into lawlessness, Arthur throws in his lot with a band of knights who hope to restore order to their fair and pleasant land and hopes to win freedom for his comrades,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

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"A title card says this King Arthur, grimly directed by Antoine Fuqua, is based on the latest research into the mythic past. Maybe so. But one can't help thinking the research that really counted was that into the more recent box-office charts."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"If this is history demystified, give me myth."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Entertaining, but ultimately forgettable."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Guinevere, no dainty princess she, is a kind of hardened medieval feminist, and the aggressor to Arthur's bashful but equally driven warrior, in both bed and on the battlefield."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"It nods in the direction of tons of potentially interesting developments of plot, theme and character, but doesn't bother to follow through on any of them enough to pay off."
‑ Ron Reed, Christianity Today
"Gladiator lite."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's hard to care about a valiant groping for accuracy when a story is so badly told you can't tell what the devil is going on."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"The interminable battle scenes are limply choreographed and unexciting. This is one king that's best left alone."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"In many ways this movie tells us far more about the values and age in which we are living, than the one it pretends to be returning us to."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"...remains an instantly forgettable, wannabe epic."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"I loved the notion of the Dark Ages as the Wild West with swords. Thumbs up."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"By going back to its origins and dusting itself off, the King Arthur story has proved itself to have a very contemporary resonance."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Fuqua creates a very grim and stylish mood that fits what the concept is attempting to accomplish very well."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A brash departure from the legend that retains the round table, but that's about it. Still, the contemporary echoes make the Dark Ages relevant again and the movie, while longwinded in parts, overcomes its shortcomings."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Underrated, revisionist version of the Camelot legend; one of the year's 10 best"
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Catholic Sun
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