King Arthur
King Arthur (2004)

Historians have thought for centuries that King Arthur was only a myth, but the legend was based on a real hero, torn between his private ambitions and his public sense of duty. A reluctant leader, Arthur wishes only to leave Britain and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 7, 2004
DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The magic is gone, leaving a dreary, generic action movie.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

A title card says this King Arthur, grimly directed by Antoine Fuqua, is based on the latest research into the mythic past. Maybe so. But one can't help thinking the research that really counted was that into the more recent box-office charts.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

If this is history demystified, give me myth.

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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

The track record for film adaptations of the Arthur mythos is pretty shaky, but [this is still] the worst of them all.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Gladiator lite.

Stephanie Zacharek

It's hard to care about a valiant groping for accuracy when a story is so badly told you can't tell what the devil is going on.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Entertaining, but ultimately forgettable.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I loved the notion of the Dark Ages as the Wild West with swords. Thumbs up.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

By going back to its origins and dusting itself off, the King Arthur story has proved itself to have a very contemporary resonance.

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Cole Smithey

The interminable battle scenes are limply choreographed and unexciting. This is one king that's best left alone.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
There's some blarney about "searching for historical fact" woven into the story but basically what you get is an old timey… More
Gordon Anderson
Overblown bastardisation of the King Arthur legend, knee deep in earnest hammy performances, only redeemed by some cracking battle scenes.
Christian C
Great war film! Bizarre history angle, but I loved it!
Conner Rainwater
I always forget how intense Clive Owen is in this movie, that alone makes it a semi-classic. He is the best Arthur, hands down. The character has never been… More
Alex roy
King Arthur is another mediocre action film by director Antoine Fuqua, who isn't that skilled as a director to begin with. I felt that the films action… More
Ross Collins
A wasted opportunity to put the legend of King Arthur into a true historical setting rather than making a fantasy film. Lacking any depth, the story is forgone… More