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Beowulf Reviews

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June 5, 2019
The characters up on screen seem like living, breathing people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 25, 2019
Expectedly, there are large-scale, edge-of-the seat clashes and some classic savage scenes. There are other interesting touches and some quirky emotions. It's a philosophical play on what it means to be a warrior.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 3, 2018
Avary and Gaiman lay on the sexual innuendo and adultery, fleshing out the character of Beowulf into a believably unreliable narrator.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 14, 2011
It's a superb action flick that will have you wide-eyed in awe at its effects; just don't go expecting any kind of literary discussion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 7, 2011
Beowulf is a well conceived and technically excellent rendition of the ancient legend, but it doesn't follow its ideas through all the way, and some strange choices on the part of Zemeckis ultimately make it a little less than the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
July 7, 2010
Beowulf is pretty to look at, but lacks soul. Perhaps it is time for Robert Zemeckis to return to the land of the living.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 25, 2009
The Old English poem ponderously, gracelessly expanded into an epic bore
April 23, 2009
It drops its epic posture and spews far too many double entendres.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 2, 2009
700 A.D. is now 21st Century American 3-D. It's a hell of a transformation. The 3-D version of Beowulf -- the one you must see if you see the film -- is a wild roller coaster ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
October 18, 2008
...the initially impressive visuals are ultimately negated by the annoyance of the technology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 11, 2008
A worthy cinematic adaptation, with interesting and provocative mythic ideas of its own, and suprisingly lyrical images to match. [Blu-Ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 7, 2008
The bane of English majors for 1,300 years makes it back to the big screen, now with 75 percent more hostility toward Christianity!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 28, 2008
The story contains plenty of action and great-looking graphics, but it hasn't much heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
May 20, 2008
Throw on your 3-D glasses and prepare to have your mind blown away.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 1, 2008
Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf is so rousingly entertaining that you'll feel guilty for not reading the epic poem all the way through when you were in ninth grade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 3, 2008
So much is right about Beowulf that one longs for the darker, grimier version that might have been in live action.
March 10, 2008
Robert Zemeckis' take on Beowulf is a marvel visually but eye-popping effects are still no challenge for good old-fashioned human emotion.
March 10, 2008
At the end of it all, if you take away the violence, the defiantly in-your-face nudity, and Angelina Jolie, you will find very little story underneath.
March 4, 2008
This is not the future of films, but it is a future, especially for the action genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 16, 2008
While the film's mission to enrapture teenage boys (and other fans of grand adventure) is accomplished, I'd have to suggest to Mr. Zemeckis that it may be time to abandon this form of animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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