Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
This film is a '90s version of the classic Robin Hood story, with Kevin Costner starring as the good-guy thief. Costner is joined in his efforts against the murdering Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) by Morgan Freeman who plays a philosophizing Moor, and by Nick Brimble, who plays Little John (anything but little). After Robin barely survives a watery skirmish with Little John, the two become allies and Robin joins forces with Little John's band of robber thieves to overcome the evils of the dastardly Nottingham sheriff. ~ Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

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"Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is an entertainment without a particular point of view."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Its ostensibly canny match of star and subject assures that Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves will fill theaters. But will it send moviegoers out enthralled? The message from this cracked crystal ball is: Naaah."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"It's a slick and sassy attempt to get mileage from a dependable vehicle by wrapping it in as many sure-fire gimmicks as the filmmakers can cram onto the screen."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"With so much money and talent at work here, though, this latest incarnation of the legend is considerably smaller than the sum of its parts."
‑ Philip Thomas, Empire Magazine
"In the end, and only just barely, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves delivers the goods, chiefly on the power of a thumpingly vibrant last 40 minutes and some excellent swordplay choreography."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"While the makers of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves may have set out to bury the poor old duffer of Sherwood Forest in a welter of trendy banter, they have ended up burying themselves as well."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"There's no subtlety in this Robin Hood, but subtlety isn't everything: Grit and obviousness have coarser charms, and the director makes much of these."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"This is a big, colorful, sharp-witted and beautifully photographed rendering of the tale of the olde English guerrilla fighter -- two solidly entertaining hours."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Costner is not a Robin Hood for the ages, but in this expensively mounted production, he'll do as a Robin Hood for the summer."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"It was good in 1991. It's still good now."
‑ , Total Film
"Much as I admire Costner, it is the very qualities of honesty, honor and sincerity he projects so forcefully that encumber this Robin."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The fight sequences are explosive, the physical production is impressive, and the supporting performances are full of juice."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"With a strange mix of varying English and American accents and the weight of a film with too many subplots, Robin Hood strains credibility. It also feels long."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Buckles are truly swashed and derring-do effectively done in this 12th-century adventure, which simply sets out to entertain handsomely and does so with a great deal of dash, flash and panache."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"The familiar fable gets a modern makeover with mixed results."
‑ , Film4
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