Ivanhoe (1952)

Returning to England from the Third Crusades, Ivanhoe is given a cool but cordial reception by his estranged father Cedric, a Saxon who despises the Norman king Richard the Lionhearted. Leaving his father's castle, Ivanhoe rescues… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: July 31, 1952
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Ivanhoe is a great romantic adventure, mounted extravagantly, crammed with action, and emerges as a spectacular feast.

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TV Guide

Luxe MGM historical ransacking, locationed to the nines, beautiful to look upon, but with energy lapses in the soggy script of Sir Walter Scott's epic classic.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's an entertaining medieval costume epic that presents an inaccurate version of literature and history.

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Time Out

The dialogue and script are fatuously Americanised from Scott's original, but these chivalric Hollywood sagas still have a strange poetic quality about them.

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Emanuel Levy

By standrads of the 1950s, this is a passably entertaining period adventure, representing Hollywood's effort to fight the competition from the new and threatening medium of TV.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

In a way the next best thing to the real Arthurian classic that Hollywood never made, with the added plus of Robin Hood and his Merry Men (if only Warrender weren't so stiff).

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

As Ivanhoe, Robert Taylor does a good, sturdy, manly job and George Sanders is intriguingly fluid as the emotionally torn De Bois-Guilbert.

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Mark Bourne

While Joan Fontaine was one of MGM's marquee beauties, she must have rued the day that Ivanhoe's other damsel went to Elizabeth Taylor, who steals Fontaine's thunder with her eyes alone.

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Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

In this ostensibly epic tale of knights and maidens, chivalry and swordfights, there is not a single actor who does not appear surpassingly bored

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Richard the Lionhearted had yet to return from the debacle that was the 3rd Crusade and the Norman peoples in England are not being nice to the "we were… More
Lukas Miller
Not perfect but better than the 1982 version. The MGM Ivanhoe is a good example of the medival swashbucker. Sure, it's not without… More
Aj V
I wouldn't call this one of the best swashbuckling adventures, as flixster does. It has it's moments, but it isn't too exciting. It's just… More
John Ballantine
Perhaps they decided to make one more historical film than necessary because we end up with an Ivanhoe with no hoe..or no zip. The Taylors are clearly taking a… More
xGary Xx
Robert Taylor stars in this tale of chivalry from the times of yore based on Sir Walter Scott's classic novel. The production design is variable and fight… More
Kyle S
Epic castle siege scene is enough to check out this swashbuckling adventure, which takes place at the same time Robin Hood's Legend does, Robin Hood… More