A Knight's Tale
A Knight's Tale (2001)

This crowd-pleasing medieval adventure tale is very loosely inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and mixes the anachronistic elements of modern-day rock music and colloquialisms with a period setting and characters. Heath… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 11, 2001
DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Once you get past the anachronism, A Knight's Tale becomes a predictable, if spirited, Rocky on horseback.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Whipping along at speed, with elaborate camera movements and rousing speeches, this knows how to engage a crowd. It's corny, of course, but a guilty pleasure: romantic, diverting, with mildly amusing modern gags.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

The result is half Python, half Ivanhoe -- and not as much fun as either.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Slightly edgy medieval tale with rock music.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Instead of pulling young audiences imaginatively back into the past, A Knight's Tale cheapens the process by demonstrating that there's no essential difference between then and now.

David Edelstein

You might find yourself smiling and laughing all the way through it.

Michael Dequina

It's as if Helgeland didn't have enough confidence in his own material's basic appeal that he resorted to desperate pandering.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

The movie promises to rock you, and much of the time it does.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Essentially, it's a screenful of pseudo-medieval popcorn that hits a high enough level of goofy fun to transcend a pretty blatant marketing strategy aimed at the MTV demographic.

Cole Smithey

Endless jousting tournaments transpire with lots of balsa wood jousting poles splintering across the screen. It's a classic example of a "'what-on-earth-were-they-thinking" movie...

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Even 15 years later you gotta applaud the idea of someone making a knight movie using rock songs, outlandish (female) hairdos and gowns so very naturally and is… More
jay nixon
Okay spoof of medieval movies but what starts out as a jaunty adventure takes far too long to finish up.
Wildaly M
Ledger didn't rock me but it's still quite a good, enjoyable movie. Paul Bettany 's role as Chaucer was excellent. Loved the soundtrack and… More
Kevin M. Williams
Medieval times revamped with a late '70's rock 'n roll/renaissance festival aesthetic, this is a charming, crowd-pleasing dream of the Middle… More
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Melvin White
Prince Edward: Your men love you. If I knew nothing else about you, that would be enough.  "He didn't make the rules. He was born to break… More