Robin Hood
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Director Ridley Scott and actor Russell Crowe reunite for their fifth big-screen outing, a retelling of the Robin Hood legend featuring the Gladiator star in the titular role. A bowman in the army of Richard Coeur de Lion, virtuous rogue Robin Hood rises from an unlikely background to become a hero to the impoverished people of Nottingham and lover to the beautiful Lady Marion (Cate Blanchett). Cyrus Voris, Ethan Reiff, and Brian Helgeland collaborate on the screenplay for a costume adventure produced by Brian Grazer (Frost/Nixon, American Gangster). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

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"We never even get to see Robin steal from the rich and give to the poor. That's because the film is a prequel in search of a sequel. With any luck, we won't get one."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
""And so the legend begins," the new movie tells us at the end. But it's too late."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"It's a prequel of sorts to the popular folklore, a prequel that nobody asked for."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"I thought [Robin Hood] was going to be the best film of the year ... [it] never gels."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"Ridley Scott brings his usual keen cinematic eye and pain-staking attention to period detail to Robin Hood, bringing an uninspired script to life without a grander purpose than to just exist as a typical Summer movie."
‑ John Gholson, Cinematical
"The film is pretty, and there are a few solid moments every hour. But considered as a work of cinema, with paid professionals involved, it's an extremely lackluster story."
‑ Laremy Legel,
"Robin and Marian are played by a scowling Russell Crowe and a grim Cate Blanchett, who has the face of a wooden squaw stained by decades of cigar smoke. I can't remember a more un-fun-looking couple."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Dark and depressing, this adventure lacks all of the excitement and joy of many of Robin Hood's previous adventures."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"There are fleeting moments when Scott's camera captures some of the mystery and magic of the greenwood, catches sunlight and shadows and glancing figures flitting through the trees - and you glimpse the enduring potency of the Robin Hood myth."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"I don't know if anyone can better direct the kind of swords-and-horses action on display here."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"Yes, it's dour, but it's also gritty and not nearly as silly as most "Robin Hood" adaptations."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"As in so many summer behemoths, the real stars are the projectiles-in this case, arrows with their own point-of-view shots, zipping through the air and finding their targets with pinpoint accuracy."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Despite [its] problems, it is still worth seeing mainly because of its fascinating take on the characters."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"A solid change of pace for those seeking something a bit more substantial amid the sound-and-fury norm."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Robin Hood looks great, with the sort of well-executed mise-en-scène we've come to expect from Scott, but it's a lot of sound and thunder that amounts to nothing."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
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