Erik the Viking
Erik the Viking (1989)

For some viewers the non-stop silliness emanating from former members of the Monty Python gang is not the least funny; others find it rib-splittingly humorous. In this story brought to the screen by Terry Jones, the excessively brutal… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 22, 1989
DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Chris Willman
Los Angeles Times

A stillborn comedy in which minutes sometimes mysteriously go by between even attempted gags, and in which virtually no comic scene works up to any kind of viable punch line or payoff.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Doesn't measure up to the best of the Python films, but it consistently entertains through the occasional gags that do not work and dialogue that is sometimes obscured by sound effects.

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TV Guide

Robbins looks terribly confused in the lead, and Mickey Rooney is badly miscast in a cameo as Erik's grandfather.

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Variety Staff

The idea of telling the story of a Viking warrior who thought there must be more to life than rape and pillage is an amusing one, and for the most part Erik the Viking is an enjoyable film.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

"Erik the Viking," a Wagnerian slapstick fantasy, has the feel of a grown-up bedtime comedy, a gross, sillier "Princess Bride."

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Christopher Null

It doesn't make any more sense than before, but it does at least zip by at a breakneck pace, making the film more fun than ever.

Time Out

Not a funny film, and neither well-directed nor exciting.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

An utterly worthless exercise in waste and wretched excess, uninformed by the slightest spark of humor, wit or coherence.

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Full of vile personalities, sick gags and outlandish set pieces, Erik The Viking is up there with Jabberwocky and Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure as one of the funniest historical comedies ever made.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Now this is a film long since lost in the annals of time. Much like the excellent 'Jabberwocky' movie by Terry Gilliam this movie has also been… More
Cindy I
This film couldn't seem to decide what it wanted to be...comedy, drama, it didn't pull off any of them very well. Disappointing.
Jens S.
If Monty Python ever made a viking adventure comedy, this is what it would have looked like. And as it happens, two MP comedians are involved in this, which is… More
Martin Bishop
A hilarious Viking tale told in a very Monty Python-esque way, courtesy of director (and former <i>Python</i> member) Terry Jones. Tim Robbins puts… More
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Dean McKenna
Tim Robbins is okay as the softly spoken and sensitive Erik, and especially seems to enjoy himself in the battle scenes.