Beowulf & Grendel
Beowulf & Grendel (2006)

One of the oldest epic poems in the English language gets a robust visual interpretation in this historical epic shot on location in Iceland. Hrothgar (Stellan Skarsgård) is a Danish king who murders a troll that has been terrorizing his… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 7, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite the impressive Icelandic scenery, Beowulf And Grendel fails to find its footing in the transition from epic tale to the big screen.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Trying to give us the true story behind the epic, the movie only reminds us of why humans write epics in the first place.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

This gristle-intensive R-rated version of Beowulf travels a predictable revisionist route.

MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

The thrilling beauty of this reading of Beowulf is that it makes [the characters] feel modern... These people live in the real world, not in a fable and not in a history book.

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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

[You can] feel the filmmakers yearning to have Beowulf and Grendel go all Rambo on each other. Instead, they keep pulling back for more Old English angst, as if they're torn between commerce and winning the approval of their high school English teacher.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

A muscular, ardently naturalistic retelling of the ninth-century Anglo-Saxon saga.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

A semi-mythic period piece, Beowulf & Grendel offers sublime scenery that's breathtaking and bone-chilling.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Andrew Rai Berzins' script spruces up long stretches of Old English with unexpected bursts of cussing and gleeful vulgarity that feel as misguided as everything else in the film.

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Kim Voynar

Gunnarsson has made a film that would make the real Beowulf and Grendel, if they ever really existed, quite proud.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Decent retelling of the classic tale
danny d
this movie was really fun to watch. gerard butler is always good and it portayed the original story decently. the movie is little known so i assume they didnt… More
Cynthia S.
Well done, but hard to understand. No subtitles available, so why certain things happened aren't really clear to me. But, the attempt at storytelling was… More
Ginny  X
Heres a movie with a great story concept and good cinematography, however the production of the whole thing lacked good directing. Theres only 2 things I hated… More
Lanning : )
Ah, pretty fast and loose with the source here. Which sometimes is not disastrous. This is not a full-blown disaster, but it's definitely not… More
Emily Armstrong
One of the things I like most about this movie is the levity that carries it. Some movies get so full of themselves that they get bogged down, but not thing… More