Kingdom of Heaven
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Ridley Scott directed this epic-scale historical drama inspired by the events of the Crusades of the 12th century. Balian (Orlando Bloom) is a humble French blacksmith who is searching for a reason to go on after the death of his wife and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 11, 2005
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Although it's an objective and handsomely presented take on the Crusades, Kingdom of Heaven lacks depth.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

As Balian and his people withstand the might of Saladin's fiery projectiles, siege towers and the usual computer-generated swarm of soldiers, it's hard not to think we're really watching The Lord of the Rings IV: Legolas Defends Jerusalem.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Considerably more ambitious and significantly less satisfying than Gladiator.

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

Even with the addition of 45 minutes of new footage, Sir Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven remains a rather uneventful epic with a story that fails to engage.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Is Orlando Bloom enough of a star to sustain a $100 million costume drama? The answer turns out to be yes.

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David Edelstein
Slate

An epic about Christian crusaders who happen to be liberal humanists willing to die for the sake of religious tolerance. That's just ... weird.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Cinema's least potent leading man, Orlando Bloom, stinks up the screen in Ridley Scott's unsatisfying "epic" about the Crusades...

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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com

Since we barely know what's at stake -- we're too confused and bored to care -- all this fighting means nothing to us, and yet Scott still hopes to rev us up with it.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Mostly uninvolving; a movie you admire for its craft rather than enjoying for its passion.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Just another sword and sandal epic...

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
Interesting subject matter, and capable (if overly glossy) cinematography, but something in this film just didn't come out right. I think there was too… More
Chris Weber
As much as I enjoyed this, I think I would have liked it more had I watched the director's cut and not the flawed and disliked (by Scott himself)… More
JY Skacto
Ridley Scott takes it slow and steady with <i>Kingdom of Heaven</i>.<p>It is no secret that this film goes to great lengths to tell its story.… More
Jim Careter
A exceedingly good film, it was true, dramatic, and amazing. Orlando Bloom mightve been a wrong choice, but the rest of the cast was perfect in their roles,… More
Al S
The director`s cut of the film makes this a materpiece. It adds more accuracy and vison to Scott`s firece and bloody epic of dazzling power and dedication. An… More
Anthony Lawrie
Generally this isn't my kind of film but I thought Kingdom of Heaven was quite good. I didn't even begin to take the historical accuracies seriously… More

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