First Knight
First Knight (1995)

This rendition of the popular Arthurian tale strips away the mythology and magic and deals with more realistic conflicts as the characters try to balance their passions with their political obligations. Lady Guinevere marries King Arthur to… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 7, 1995
DVD Release Date: October 7, 1997
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Whenever Zucker stops piling on battle scenes as if he were directing Braveheart, his film casts a romantic spell.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie is entertaining enough in its own way, and Sean Connery makes a splendid King Arthur, but compared with the earlier films[Rob Roy and Braveheart] this one seems thin and unconvincing.

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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

While director Jerry Zucker seems to have been intent on dragging the film to the mushy middle, it's still more entertaining than most comparable Middle Ages-set movies.

Todd McCarthy

Aside from casting Richard Gere as Lancelot, First Knight marches out as an agreeably intelligent, mature and well-mounted telling of the legendary King Arthur story.

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James Berardinelli

Bad acting, dumb dialogue, and confusing cinematography abound, creating one of the most shoddy Camelot stories to date.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Goes for a pass as a shallow but occasionally rousing swordfighting flick with a handful of thoughtful scenes...has something those other pictures don't have: Sean Connery as King Arthur.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

The problem for him[Gere], and the film, comes when the non-physical acting begins.

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Sean P. Means

...lots of action and chivalrous pomp, but no magic.

Emanuel Levy

Director Zucker is unsuccessful in trying to put a fresh angle on the familiar story, and he is not much helped by his romantic leads, Richard Gere and Julia Ormond.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Not a serious historical piece (and what do we really know of Pendragon anyway?) but a children's fable extolling virtue, the Zuckers take a chance with… More
Jon Lantz
I saw this one in the theatre and can't quite remember the whole film, but I do remember enjoying it.
Mike S
Starts off mediocerly, but once Sean Connery enters the stage as the fabled King Arthur, the quality level is instantly raised. Richard Gere looks a bit… More
Jason Owens
"First Knight" is a version of the Camelot legend. I'm not familiar at all with the legend of Camelot, but I do know one thing, I really like… More
Conner Rainwater
Another terrible rendition of King Arthur. Turning the story into nothing more than a romantic threesome is just pure slander. To change the story to fit a… More
Film Crazy
Its ok but i didnt finish it all but its ok but not as good as the old braveheart