Legend (1985)

Ridley Scott directed this visually striking but narratively bland sword and sorcery saga that mixes ample doses of J.R.R. Tolkien, Thomas Mallory, George Lucas, Joseph Campbell and Dungeons and Dragons into a watered down kettle pot. Many… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 21, 2002
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

All of the special effects in the world, and all of the great makeup, and all of the great Muppet creatures can't save a movie that has no clear idea of its own mission and no joy in its own accomplishment.

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Victoria Alexander

Ridley's misstep.

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Perhaps ahead of its time, certainly too ambitious for its budget and its era, Legend is nevertheless a fascinating film

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A remarkable and bleak fantasy thriller for folks that like their fantasy based on thick characterization and less humongous battles.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

The cool costumes and set designs almost make it worthwhile, so long as the sound's turned down and you don't have to hear the witless dialogue

Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Could have been a genre classic if it had benefited from a meatier screenplay and a studio that didn't butcher the final product.

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James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Thatcher. Reagan. Flock of Seagulls. These weren't the only evil things from the 1980s. There were also Hollywood fantasy movies such as this one . . .

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

"glorious visuals -- shame about the script"

Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Ridley Scott's exclusive-to-DVD re-edit of Legend, no pun intended, is fantastic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Everett Johnson
Growing up, "Legend" was one of my absolute favorite movies. The story, the images, and especially the amazing makeup job of Darkness just did for me… More
Phil Hubbs
This film is really beautiful, a truely dark fairytale. Tim Curry is awesome as Darkness and the Tangerine Dream score is great, much better than the directors… More
Eric S
Something different this way comes... Having said that, you'd possibly expect more than what you get here. However, good special effects and various… More
Zach Brehany
NOTE: This review is for the director's cut version of the film, not the horrific American edit. Okay, from what I can look at, this is a film that has a… More
Jens S.
Ridley Scott's 1980s fantasy epic brings a lot of cheese and kitsch into the genre, which is also the aspect of the film that didn't age that well.… More
Chris Weber
The 80s were overflowing with fantasy films in the same way that the 70s had an abundance of various types of exploitation flicks. Legend happens to be one of… More